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Let the locals lead the way

by Elena Kirillova at 26/09/2011 20:10

Visiting another city, not everyone wants a standard sight-seeing tour. Besides, a casual walk with a friend is always a better way to get to know the real city – its beautiful, mysterious or even ugly core, not just its ordinary wrapper.

For those who aren’t acquainted with any locals to give an insiders’ view, the Global Greeter Network is a good alternative, aiming to provide guests of any city with a free guide who will introduce them to the city as a friend. The guides are volunteers with a passion for sharing their love for their home town.

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Welcome to Moscow: locals keen to show visitors a good time

The Moscow Greeter initiative offers free walking tours of the city with a local resident. Dedicated volunteers, mostly foreign language students or teachers, are eager to reveal the capital’s hidden gems that the guide books have overlooked.

“We took the idea from New York,” Zoya Shurygina, volunteer at Moscow Greeter Project, told RT. “The main aim of Moscow Greeter is to show less popular sites, different from the classic ones. You just go to our site, moscowgreeter.ru, and fill in the request form and here you are.”

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Moscow doesn't have a reputation as the world's friendliest city, and two days of decrypting Cyrillic doesn't help, so it was great to take a relaxed afternoon tour away from the busy tourist spots. Our two friendly local guides (as many guides as guests!) took us to the Bulgakov museums and then to locations associated with Bulgakov's novel The Master and Margarita … we finished with a stroll through Gorky Park. Our guides gave us a local's perspective on Moscow, on politics and on contemporary Russian culture. And the cost of this tour, designed just for us? Free.

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/sep/09/top-10-guided-city-tours-readers-tips

 
       
       
 

 

 

 

„Wer hat hier noch mal getanzt?

“Moskauer wollen ausländischen Touristen helfen und führen sie kostenlos durch die Stadt
Man glaubt es kaum: In Moskau gibt es fast Tausend nette Menschen, die Touristen ein Lächeln schenken – und dass auch noch freiwillig. Nach US-amerikanischem Vorbild nehmen die „Moscow Greeter“ ausländische Gäste der Hauptstadt bei der Hand und erklären ihnen ihre Sicht auf die Stadt.
Von Laura Wehling

http://www.mdz-moskau.eu/%E2%80%9Ewer-hat-hier-noch-mal-getanzt/

 

 

 

 
       
       
       

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