11 tips for traveling in Russia on a budget

Planning a holiday and don’t want to break the bank? Here are a few hacks to help you journey around the world’s biggest country on a shoestring. 1. Get a volunteer invitation Ferapontov Monastery Vladimir Smirnov/TASS Like people from all over the world, many Russians are open to volunteering in exchange for food, accommodation, and new experiences. There is, for example, theHelp Exchange advertising service. Foreigners are invited as volunteers by small companies, families, children’s camps, and even the Academy of Sciences (before the beginning of the archaeological season, for instance).…

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Former England, Leicester and Exeter forward retires at 35

Former England back-row Thomas Waldrom has retired from rugby aged 35. Known as ‘The Tank’, Waldrom was the Premiership’s leading try-scorer in 2015 and 2016 and helped Exeter reach the last three Premiership finals. The New Zealand-born forward won five caps for England between 2012 and 2013 while at Leicester, whom he joined in 2010 from Super Rugby’s Crusaders. He left Exeter this summer to return to New Zealand with Wellington for the 2010 Mitre 10 Cup. Waldrom won the Premiership with Leicester in 2013 before helping Exeter to their…

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Rooney scores again as DC United reach play-offs

Wayne Rooney scored twice as DC United secured a place in the MLS play-offs with a 3-1 win over New York City FC. The former England captain, 32, opened the scoring after eight minutes and added a second-half penalty to take his tally in his debut MLS season to 12. After two wins in their first 14 games, DC United have now gone nine matches unbeaten and won their past five. DC sat bottom of the Eastern Conference when Rooney, Manchester United’s record scorer, joined from Everton in June. The club…

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Mbappe scores again as PSG win 10th Ligue 1 game in a row

Paris St-Germain handed out a 5-0 thrashing to Amiens as they extended their perfect Ligue 1 start with their 10th consecutive win of the season. PSG are eight points clear at the top of the table, and did not even name Neymar in their squad. Teenager Kylian Mbappe made it 11 goals in nine matches this season with the fourth of the night. No team in French history has scored more goals after 10 matches than PSG’s 37. Saint-Etienne also hit 37 in the opening 10 matches of the 1969-70…

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