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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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