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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: St Petersburg by DK Publishing

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Things to Avoid

1. Tap Water

It is best to avoid the tap water here. Although the authorities claim it is safe, the pipes that carry it are old. It would be better to stick to bottled water, which is widely available. The tap water is fine for showers.

2. Over-drinking

Russians are famed for their drinking and usually drink their vodka straight, in a single gulp. If you decide to get into a drinking session with the locals, follow their example and take a bite to eat after each shot to soak up the alcohol – failure to do so can have dreadful consequences.

3. Getting into Taxis with Extra Passengers

When stopping a private car, make sure that there are no other passengers in it. Some gangs of robbers drive around the city, posing as chastniki. Make ...

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