What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.
Only hard to find food items like peanut butter, nothing significant.
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Do not come here if you don't speak Russian. Expect to robbed and ripped off, so don't complain when it happens. You must make a lot of contacts with locals to avoid this. This is not like America. There are no "bad neighborhoods".
What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?
A 2 room flat. I don't know if this is typical. I do not associate with expats.
How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?
Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?
Much higher. I could rent a house on the beach in South Carolina for the price of a 2 room flat here. Expect to pay $1200-1800 a month if you live alone.