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"Aeroflot" raised the penalty for refunding the ticket one and a half times



The airline "Aeroflot" once again sharply increased the penalty for refunding the ticket. Formally called the collection, this and so very high payment is increased by an average of one and a half times. For tickets on domestic routes, it increased from 900 to 1,400 rubles, for international lines – from 25 to 35 euros, according to the company. .

The new bet is valid for tickets purchased from February 15th. It is noteworthy that Aeroflot raised this very important gathering in secret, without any wide notification of passengers – simply by changing the figures in terms of tariffs and on the fees page. At the same time, not even all pages of the company's website were corrected – some still feature old fine sizes, misleading passengers.

Recall that Aeroflot collection is charged when you return the vast majority of tickets, including business class, except for the ultra-high tariffs of the "Status" group. The fine for the refund was introduced shortly after the legislative ban on the sale of non-refundable tickets. As a result, almost all tickets became partially irretrievable.

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St. Petersburg about Finland can always get a lot of different information. About the country of Suomi we say and write much more than about any other state. For examples, you do not need to go far. Take at least the newspaper "STRANCHIK", in which you are now reading these lines. Before deciding to write, I looked through the last ten issues of the newspaper and in almost every one of them, or even a few materials are devoted to the northern neighbor.

In the overwhelming majority of tourist publications print custom articles of a travel agency, conducting its advertising campaign of varying degrees of aggression and trying with adjectives of an excellent degree of comparison to bring the revenue side of the budget in line with last year's plans. All this is very fun and good, and with respect to Finland, it often works, though not so much thanks to the efforts of the tourism business (a good phrase), but because of the thickness of the purses of St. Petersburgers, increasingly postponing for an indefinite period trips not only for the cordon to distant countries , but also to own dachas.But nature takes its own, abroad beckons, and most often the most simple, cheap and, as usual add, "angry" way of traveling is chosen.

There is a rhetorical question: "And what for us can be more accessible to Finland?" Since by profession I am by no means a journalist, and the trip itself was purely productive-business trip, it is unlikely that my impressions will coincide with the impressions of a tourist returning from Finland. That's why I took up my pen. sorry, for the keyboard.

You can get to Finland as you like, except that it is not underground. In this respect, tourists who leave St. Petersburg, for example, in Helsinki, can only envy. The most reliable and practical way – on a direct train. There is also a small choice: if you are not too lazy to get up to the metro opening or if you are lazy, but you are a patriot of the fatherland, you can safely buy tickets for a Russian train with a nice name "Repin" departing from the platform of the Finland Station at 7.00.

If all the above written does not apply to you, then there is the opportunity to get acquainted with the service abroad in Russia, sitting in the Finnish "Sibelius".I prefer Repin with soft compartment cars without upper shelves, rather than the general Sibelius wagons with rows of armchairs, although lovers of clean toilets with hot water and dislikes of Russian guides can argue with me.

Crossing the Finnish border is most often painless, the degree of this painlessness, if, of course, you have honest intentions, is determined only by whether your mind inspires confidence in border guards and customs officers. When leaving, we are only interested in the amount of currency, and in Finnish – the amount of vodka and cigarettes carried. At the entrance back, we are again interested in the amount of currency and the availability of goods taxable, and Finnish, in my opinion, does not interest anything. Naturally, all this is true only with properly issued documents.

The first and main part of my visit was held in Tampere, and almost the whole article is devoted to this city, since there is no lack of information about Helsinki.

So Tampere was founded by King Gustav in 1779 on a hilly isthmus between the lakes of Pyhäjärvi and Näsiarvi, and also along the shore near the rapids around them, so today the area of ​​the city, including these two lakes and about 200 smaller ones, is 2 square exceeds the area of ​​St. Petersburg. It is the second largest city in Finland with a population of 186 thousand people.

In this place it is worth noting that the readers were lucky, as I somewhere lost some of the carefully collected printed materials about these very local attractions and now instead of copying from there paragraphs with a clumsy translation from Finnish into Russian into my article, that still I remember for today. So, in Tampere there are about 20 museums, in my opinion, very unconventional in their majority, which follows even from the names: a pharmacy museum, a boxing museum, the Museum of the Valley of the Moomin-Mills, a museum of dolls and costumes "Khtpyan kartano", an automobile museum "Mobilya", a museum of minerals, the museum "Amulet Work Area", a hockey museum, the Häme museum (the local history museum), the Teisko Museum, the Finnish Museum of the Workers, the Vaprijkki Museum Center, as well as four art museums and three art and photography centers .

Unlike in Russia, where monuments are replaced a little more often than once in a hundred years, and from the change of street names for a long time already passed to the change of names of cities and states, in Finland everything worthy of attention,is collected bit by bit and carefully saved for descendants.

Tampere is rightly considered the Mecca of the Finnish theater art. In the city there are over 10 professional theaters and a lot of amateur scenes. As a result of this year, the best theater in Finland was recognized theater "Tampere", located on the main square of Keskustori. However, tourists from Russia are unlikely to be greatly attracted by this information, since a three-hour performance in Finnish or Swedish can only be sustained on a dispute. Interesting may be the "Tampere Festival of Theater Arts", when the scene for participating actors from around the world is the whole city, its streets and parks.

A special place in the cultural life is the Palace of Tampere. It was built in 1990 on the initiative and funds of the townspeople and is now the largest center in the Nordic countries for concerts and congresses. The phrase that the sound of the hall of the Palace of Tampere is not inferior to the Carnegie Hall, dropped after the performance of one of the American stars, retold to all tourists without exception. In addition to museums and theaters, churches and cathedrals of the city deserve attention.The cathedral and the church "Kaleva" are most noteworthy.

The cathedral of the city of Tampere was built in 1907. As history tells us, the construction of the cathedral was carried out in difficult conditions of the period of oppression. At that time, Finland was part of the Russian Empire, and King Nicholas II announced the February manifesto that violated the Finnish constitution. In all of the country's creative activity, patriotism began to manifest itself, reflected in art by Finnish national romanticism. As a result, the temple with towers in the Gothic style was very similar to a medieval castle.

The church "Kaleva" is the complete opposite of the Cathedral. That this ultra-modern building of glass and concrete built in 1966 is an active church, an uninitiated foreigner will not guess and with 10 attempts. However, it is considered the most popular landmark of the city and the main work of the outstanding Finnish architects Reim and Riley Pietil.

Very much in the life of the Finns, and even more so the inhabitants of Tampere is connected with water. The "blue" dream of every Finn is to have your own little cottage on the lake shore.Needless to say, it simply amazes both the cleanliness and well-being of water bodies, and the organization of recreation on the water. It strikes mainly in the good sense of the word, especially the variety of water walks along the lakes and leisure on the island of Viikinsaari. But along with the undoubted successes, as it was said before, there are some disadvantages. Disadvantages in terms of arrived from a slightly less civilized state. For example, how do you like the following proposal to fish (quotation from the guidebook for Russians): "In such and such a place it is allowed to fish for trolling and fly." The maximum allowable daily catch should not exceed three fish of the family of salmonids (the captured whitefish are not counted). The cost of a permit for a day is 25 marks, for a week – 100 marks.The permit can be purchased at the city tourist office, at an "R" kiosk on the street, and in a vending machine located at the entrance to the restaurant. 6 hours worth 20 m Arches Persons who have reached the age of 18 with a fishing permit must acquire a state fishing license (a license can be obtained by paying 88 stamps by mail or at the bank). "Who at least once went fishing, of course, knows that in fishing is the main thing, and what is secondary. Maybe these are the features of our Russian national fishing, but then they still like me more than the features of Finnish national fishing, when, for example, it is not entirely clear how much in total you need to give your blood, where does the three fish and why do not the whitefish count?

In general, the program of our trip was very rich. All morning and half the day we spent at industrial enterprises. Describe what we did there, does not make much sense, so as not to create longing. It seems to me, much more interesting the other.

For example, the daily routine at work. After breakfast, the employees of the company started their work at 8.30. At 10.00, everyone walked into the dining room for a cup of coffee, which meant, in addition to coffee, a choice: giant burgers, cakes, chocolate sweets, yoghurts, etc. Not having time to move away from this "light" snack, at 12.00 it was necessary to pass a new test called "Lunch", an order of magnitude greater in volume and caloric content, all of the above and including, strangely enough, a bottle of light Finnish beer.I would love to miss both lunch and another "cup of coffee" at 14.00, if not for the free of this event and not the quality of the prepared dishes, it would seem, in the most ordinary canteen. After the first day, I stopped surprised at the number of fat people meeting in the corridors, but simply began to envy them silently, imagining what I would be if I lived and worked here.

Two-story hotel "not the most expensive", in which I settled in Tampere, was called "Kauppi". There were only 3 stars on the raised blue flags, but I was not upset about it, because I already knew that in Finland, unlike, for example, Turkey or the United Arab Emirates, the dependence of the quality of numbers and the service provided is not strongly related to the number of stars. I lived in one of 46 rooms worth 340 brands per day, including a very very decent breakfast. Actually, the room had a toilet, shower, a bed, an armchair, two bedside tables, a table, chairs, a hanger, a TV, a microwave, a fridge-bar, lamps. For comparison: in the best five-star hotel in Finland "Sokos Hisseria" in Helsinki, where I went after Tampere,In addition to the above, I would be able to add only a temperature controller in the room, a wall connection with the dispatcher and the availability of pay-TV. The number also cost a lot of money even on the scale of the average bourgeois – 1,250 marks per day.

Instruction on the use of pay TV, which includes 2 ordinary and 2 erotic channels, I, as a "Russian, you understand," both amused and offended, and offended. It was printed in small print in several languages, with approximately the following my own translation into Russian: "The cost of pay TV is 60 marks per day, it will automatically be included in the bill for the hotel room if you watch one of the programs for more than 5 minutes. press the button on the remote with the appropriate symbol ". The Finnish interpreter tried to glory, and the following inscription in Russian appeared in bold large bold: "Attention! Pay TV!" Cost is 60 marks per day Free viewing only for 1 minute If you want to use paid channel, enter on the remote control If you want to block pay TV, please contact the hotel. " It's nice, of course, to meet phrases abroad in your native language.

Of course, you understand that all these are particulars, and most importantly the general impression that you take with you. The main thing that immediately catches your eye is the absence of contrasts in everything from cars on the streets where you will not see both "shaggy" and six hundred "Mercedes", and ending with the difference in salary of the director of the firm and his subordinates, almost never exceeding two time. Learning every day something new from the life of the Finns, I increasingly came to the conclusion that it is very similar to the same socialism as we tried to build in the USSR, but only at a higher level.

Social protection of the population is such that language does not turn to call it capitalistic. For example, if you are a member of a trade union and lost your job, then for at least two more years you will receive 100% of your salary. Of course, there is always a second side of the coin and all these advantages must be paid for. It is not accidental that the income tax reaches a fantastic figure of 70%. So much you do not impoverish and you will not get rich even with a great desire. The system will not allow. Objectively, with this approach, when it makes no sense to take the initiative, the effectiveness of the economy suffers, and this is felt.The number of unemployed, despite artificial state measures to reduce it, remains at the level of 15%. After accession to the United Europe, half of the farms have already gone bankrupt, the remaining half on the verge of ruin.

The problem of youth makes itself felt, the younger generation becomes more and more passive and apathetic to what is happening. All these are real problems, which Finnish colleagues told me about, but which are not visible to the visiting tourist. But the absence of beggars, the grooming of the old, the cleanliness of the streets and the diligence of people are evident. Leaving for St. Petersburg, I mentally said: "Good-bye, Finland! I wish you success!"

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Hemsedal offers skiers the morning and evening skating




In the Norwegian resort of Hemsedal, alpine skiers can enjoy skating almost in isolation – in specially designated hours and for an additional fee, according to Sob. corr. .

Skating early in the morning, from 7.30 to 9.00, on the routes already prepared by the Airtickets, cheap Flights Belgorod-Samara will be held every Saturday from 13 February to 27 March 2010. At the same time, the mountain restaurant Skistua will operate, where you can have breakfast before going out to the track or right after.

Evening skating, from 6 pm to 9 pm, is held in Hemsedal on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 December 2009 to 26 March 2010. These days the tracks are prepared especially immediately after the end of day skiing. The lighting equipment is equipped with nine routes of The Estonian visa in Moscow before the New Year is no longer to receive complexity and one of the extreme parks.

When buying a day ski pass on the site of the resort of Hemsedal, a ski pass for evening skating is provided free of charge.

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