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Been There, Never Done That: Four Hours in Moscow

December 11, 2012 by Acclaro
Category: Culture, Language Translation Services
Russian shashlik

December brings with it visions of snow, so what better time to head to Russia and its vibrant capital Moscow? Whether you've got a long layover or better, if you're spending a few days in this sprawling city, there's more to see than just the Red Square and the Kremlin.

From taxis to how to enjoy a Russian banya, the best museums to street food, we have what to do in Moscow covered. Our first word of advice: watch out for the high curbs. They're tall because of the snow, so when you step, it's a long way down.

Read on for our tips on how to make the most of your Moscow visit.

Emerging markets: Think BRIC

Ever heard of BRIC?  This is yet another must-know acronym for the entrepreneur, economist and business professional who is interested in engaging in global business.

BRIC, also known as the “Big Four”, is an acronym for a grouping of four countries that are considered by some analysts to offer the most potential for booming economic development in the upcoming decades:  Brazil, Russia, India and China.  These countries have several interesting traits in common that will appeal to you as a business person looking to market products or services to foreign countries.

  • Big land area:  these four countries occupy over a quarter of the globe’s surface
  • Lots of people:  together, they are home to over 40% of the world’s population
  • High growth rate: by 2050, they will likely surpass the combined economies of the world’s current richest countries according to projections made by investment bank Goldman Sachs
  • Increased buying power:  their respective currencies could appreciate by as much as 300% over the next 50 years, also according to Goldman Sachs
  • Quickly growing middle class: this translates to an increased demand for basic and higher-priced goods

Dumplings Make the World Go Round

March 23, 2010 by Stephanie Engelsen
Category: Culture

chinese dumplingsAround the world, people eat dumplings in some shape or form — ravioli in Italy, wontons in China, empanadas in Argentina, and pupusas in El Salvador are just a few examples.

Using a broad definition, dumplings are dough wrapped around a filling. Let’s take a quick world tour of dumpling cuisine.

Nepal and Tibet: Available at restaurants and street corners, meat-filled or vegetarian momos are the fast food of the Himalayas. Who wouldn’t love a quick momo after walking several miles to work or school along steep mountain trails?

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