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They don’t act warmly to people they don’t know and sometimes even people they know. Nevertheless, the problem of being surrounded by unfriendly people is further compounded by not being able to communicate with them (see below).The majority of Eastern Europeans (except perhaps the young people from the Baltic countries) simply do not speak English at a very high level. I’m not saying that young people do not speak English—they do.The stores I visited sold all kinds of luggage, but not a digital scale. Petersburg I’m talking about—a city of over 5 million people—not some little village in the middle of nowhere.I can’t imagine having better luck in the smaller cities in countries such as Ukraine, Romania or Bulgaria.And if you get lucky and discover that such an item is available, there’s a good chance that it’ll cost you twice or three times the amount you’d pay in America (or Western Europe).The flipped side is that this new life without “luxury items” could be a good thing because it will mean saving money by spending it only on the very essentials.
Not only are the summers scorchingly unbearable (especially in the southern regions), but to add insult to injury, you don’t really have a nice beach where you can cool off.
You certainly won’t be able to hold any level of a deep conversation.
This is slowly changing as countries like Moldova and Ukraine are being oriented towards the West, but it will take another generation for them to truly reach their Western European counterparts. Petersburg last year, I decided to purchase one of those digital travel scales in order to weigh my luggage.
Travel bloggers love to sell you Eastern Europe by showing pristine pictures of picturesque old towns with their beautiful architecture and narrow cobblestone streets.
They are right: the old towns are truly fantastic gems.