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Contents of issue November 2008

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Passport Picks

Editorís Choice
Marriage and Other Nightmares. Cultural Crossroads: ROZA MIRA Ď08. Bravo, BRAVO! Balts Brainstorming in Moscow. R&B Festival.
November in Russian History
Important Dates in History.

Film of the FSU
Back in Soviet times, each republic of the USSR had its own film industry, centered in its own film studio, usually located in the capital of the republic.
Music Review
Indulge me. Let me take a sentimental journey back to the summers of my youth, when holidays were a family affair.
Book Review
To an English fan this phrase normally conjures up images of cold, aging yet excitable men in dodgy jackets rambling about a beautiful game of two halves.
Art History

Leonid Berlin
Abandoned as infants, Romulus and Remus, the mythological founders of Rome, are said to have been raised by a she-wolf.
On Track: The Railway Section

Museum of the History of Railway Technology
As soon as I thought he was old enough, I took my young son to enjoy the delights of steam trains.
Anton Langeís Photos from a Train Window
When Russian photographer Anton Langeís exhibit opened in Moscow last spring, skeptics remarked that with sponsors like he had, anyone could put together a photography exhibit.
The Trans-Siberian Express
There are ďgreat railway journeysĒ ó the Orient Express, the Blue Train, the Chief ó but none come even waisthigh to the greatest rail journey on earth, the Trans-Siberian Express.
Russiaís Time Zones
In Russia, as in other countries, before the days of reliable timetabled intercity transport, most towns and cities would simply decide for themselves what time of day it was.

Sky Express: Russiaís First Budget Airline
Sky Express, Russiaís first budget airline, was established in 2006 and made its first flight in 2007.

Goa by Motorcycle
Since the 1960s, Goa has attracted global hedonists and escapists in ever-increasing numbers to its shores.
Postcard from Beirut
Beirut may not seem an ideal holiday destination; on January 25, 2008, a bomb blast in the city left four dead and 38 injured.
Scuba Diving in Palau
At first there was nothing, just a calm cobalt expanse stretching into the deep blue beyond.
Viva Las Vegas!
Itís often said that Vegas isnít so much a city as a state of mind.
Down Mexico Way
When selecting a holiday destination, have you ever struggled to decide exactly what it is you want from your vacation?
Postcard from Pyongyang
The North Korean government is fervently proud of its roads, and rightly so. Theyíre expansive and spotlessly clean, with not a pothole in sight.
Hospitality News

Hospitality News
Planet Sushi. Dymov Ļ1. Thai Elephant. Union of Composers Club. A Star for Stars and Millionaires at YAKIMONO...

Packing it in
Is there anyone who relishes packing for a trip? The process can be a challenge for even the best organized among us.
Restaurant Review

Restaurant Review: Casta Diva
Casta Diva, Turandotís new neighbor on Tverskoi Bulvar, has a name also drawn from operatic legend.

Waiting for Babye Leto
Itís early September, morning, and Wilma has the stove burners running full blast to help warm up the kitchen ó and the rest of the apartment.
Lipp Service
Celebrating Halloween isnít widespread in Moscow yet.
Moscow Observer
Etiquette on various forms of transport ó from taxis to buses to airplanes ó can differ from place to place.
Daniel Kleinís Legal Line
Each month Daniel Klein fields corporate legal questions posed by Passportís readers.
Out and About

To Read, Perchance to Dream, of Russia
On September 25, Moscow businessman and restauranteur Rostislav Ordovsky-Tanaevsky Blanco presented his new book.
Uruguayans in Moscow
From September 20 to 25, President of the General Assembly and Senate of Uruguay and Vice President of Uruguay Rodolfo Nin Nivoa was in Moscow.
Monsoon Style Blows into GUM
On September 17, invited guests and lucky GUM shoppers were treated to a fashion show organized by British clothing company Monsoon featuring its autumn í08 collection for women and children.
Big Cities Quest
Residents of Russiaís two capitals out for a stroll during the last weekend of September might have encountered hordes of young people in black vests racing toward a target.
ďGlance at MazdaĒ Fashion Auto Party
Youíve heard of a car show. Youíve heard of a fashion show. So what could be more logical than combining the two?
Africaís Unchildish Eyes
On October 10 at Moscowís Evropeisky Mall, photographer Vladmir Shirokov unveiled his new project, Africaís Unchildish Eyes.
The Last Word

Whatís your favorite city in the world?
Thatís what we wanted to know. Hereís what some readers said in response to this monthís Passport poll.

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