The only negative is money. You won't coin $100,000 yearly in Russia. But internet is $3-4, electricity is $3-5, labor is cheap. We are 750 miles from Moscow and 100 rubles will get a taxi most anywhere in town. Airport to train station, 1 - 1 1/2 hours by taxi in Moscow is $16-17. Used to we took the bus,...
Best answer: The only negative is money. You won't coin $100,000 yearly in Russia. But internet is $3-4, electricity is $3-5, labor is cheap. We are 750 miles from Moscow and 100 rubles will get a taxi most anywhere in town. Airport to train station, 1 - 1 1/2 hours by taxi in Moscow is $16-17. Used to we took the bus, $0.95.
Russia is wonderful, a lot different than USA. Don't think of designer clothes, handbags, etc. Most are Chinese copies. MK bag for $7 but my Russian wife could care less. All the designers are not so popular anyway.
I am trying to get a dacha myself. $20K separates me from my 1/2 acre (or so) and the house MAY be unlivable. I can have a house built for less than $30k MORE. A flat is $19,800 for a two room. Living room and bedroom. Kitchen, toilet and bath are there, but not called "rooms".
Food is excellent. Fresh, smoked, canned meats are aplenty. Fish, from shrimp to filets to live, just-caught gaping carp can be bought anytime. New Year makes the shops look like a 10 day hurricane is coming as not water, but all food is stripped from the shops. It is the party and shopping orgy Americans have made Christmas into. Here, Christmas is a HOLY day where we go to church Jan 6 at 10 or 11pm (22.00 or 23.00) and stay until 2 or 3 am. Easter, too.
Bread is unbelievable. Once I counted over 65 different breads in one store.
So IF you can move, that is some of what you are moving to. Oh, yes. Snow covers the ground from Nov to Mid April. When it melts away, you work the dirt at the dacha to plant tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, carrots, flowers, etc. Tomatoes you start in the window in March or so and put them out in June and HOPE for no freeze! (cover them...)
Final thought... If you have marketable skills, physics and engineering, Moscow or some industrial city may have a need for you. THAT can make the imminent marriage unnecessary to live here. Contact Russian companies, Russian Railroads, Aeroflot, Avtovaz, Severstal, Norilsk Nickel, many hydroelectric plants Rus hydro, etc with your skills and degree. Perhaps one will invite you to work here. Many are State Owned facilities.
EDIT working for multi-national corporations looking to hire native speakers. NGO's or Russian companies that operate in energy, finance and construction sectors may also present opportunities.
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