Moscow - start with a bad taste
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April 8th, 2005 – by: Martin_Austria
Finally we arrived at our hotel. Hotel Salut, what a fitting name. It was surrounded by a couple of massive blocks full of flats. (See the pictures).
Till jet everything just worked find, until we tried to check in.
First we thought, no worries we just use ATM around the corner, but it refused all our ATM cards. No other was close :-(
Then we managed to collect all our money together and change all our USD's and EURO's at the hotel. Glad that one of us had quite a bit of cash with him. In the meantime we saw others paying with their credit cards.
The reason why they didn't wanted our cards was because they would get more money out of us. When paying cash they don't need to pay the disagio to the credit card company, which is up to 4% and additionally they got a few percentage because we changed the money there as well.
The security to enter was always checking everyone, which wanted to go to the rooms. There were different elevators for domestic and international guest. In every floor a mostly older woman was sitting, that’s where you got your room key after the security check.
Next experience was when we opened the room for the first time. The door looked like someone as been there already!!
TIME FOR VODKA - With a few Rubels left we when shopping. It would take an extra few days to find a working ATM in Moscow.
Oh yes, I forgot – Welcome to Russia
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