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Mar 2, 2008 - Wahlsonntag

Medvedev ist mit ueber 70% zum neuen Praesidenten gewaehlt worden. Welche Ueberraschung. Im airside Bereich des Flughafen Moskaus war uebrigens auch ein Wahlbuero. Auch in Kalrsfeld wurde gewaehlt. Der langjaehrige SPD Buergermeister ist durch einen CDU Mann ersetzt worden. Schaun wir mal, ob es eine gute Wahl war.

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Feb 10, 2008 - 2. Tag in Kiew

Also, nun zum zweiten Tag, der mit Ausschlafen anfing und mit schwer Einschlafen aufhoerte. Da es Fruehstueck bis 11.30 Uhr gab, konnten wir ohne schlechtes Gewissen ausschlafen, allerdings haette man das Fruehstueck im Hotel auch weglassen koennen. Es gab "loeslichen" Kaffee! Dafuer waren die Saefte okay. Kurzer Exkurs: Fruechte und Gemuese sind in den russischen Supermaerkten ziemlich teuer. Die letzten Aepfel (6 Stueck) haben mich 4,50 EUR gekostet. Dafuer gibt es hier eine unmenge guter und preiswerter Saefte, u.a. Preiselbeer- und...

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Jan 14, 2008 - Der 1. Tag

Hi in die Runde, eigentlich war ich auf der Suche nach einem Supermarkt in meiner Nachbarschaft, aber gefunden habe ich nur ein Internetcafe. Naja, auch in Ordnung, so kann ich Euch kurz schreiben, dass mit dem Flug, der Ankunft und der Wohnung alles geklappt hat. Den Weg zum Buero bin ich auch schon abgegangen. Brauche 10 Minuten, noch weniger als in Muenchen. Da hat es jemand gut mit mir gemeint. Wohne im 15. Stock eines grauen Plattenbaus. Der Ausblick ist spannend, neben goldenen Kuppeln sehe ich Baustellen, neue neben alten Gebaeuden...

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Dec 28, 2007 - Moscow

Hi :-D, first day here so we're just testing how this thing works. Flight delayed by about two hours so just got to our hostel half an hour ago, which is one am here. We took the metro here, saw lots of trashed russians over the age of fourty, quite amusing. Our hostel isn't as great as we expected, stairs smell like pea but otherwise livable, though it's in the ghetto, we were almost attacked on our way here and only made it because of our practiced stealth. Para la familia mia, llegamos muy bien al hotel, el avion tenia 2 horas de...

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Trans-Siberian/ Asia

Nov 12, 2007 - Finding a Method in the Madness of Moscow

Picture shiny new BMWs and Mercedes cruising along at breakneck speed underneath the tall towers and red brick walls of a 14th century fortress. Watch how small alleys and historic homes fall under the shadow of 16-lane superhighways. Feel the sense of pure, unabashed capitalism in the raunchy advertisements, infestation of cell phone stores, and overuse of neon, strobe, and black lights. Be amazed at how seemingly overnight 50-story luxury condominium buildings pop up over the old Stalinist block apartments, to be occupied by overnight...

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Oct 5, 2007 - Moscow

Moscow was wonderful - definitely nothing 'Cold War' about the place. It's expensive and the clothes are incredible - the boots in particular and the Russian girls know how to wear them.... they all toted about in stilhetto heels everywhere... actually we saw a girl on the Great Wall in stilhettos and I'm now sure she must have been Russian. We spent hours just wandering round Red Square - listening to the church bells, hearing choir singers, watching protest marches (we think) - saw St Basils Church and Lenin in state. The Kremlin was one...

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The Test

Sep 13, 2007 - RUSSIA: Moscow and birch whipping.

Moscow. Russia. Somewhere that has never appealed to me before. Such a massive city and it certainly feels it with the huge 8 lane highways going right through the centre. My draw was the Trans-Siberian with Mongolia being on the top of my destinations list and the train being an interesting way to get there. Nikita, a Russian guy I met when working at SAP was my hospitable guide for my first few days. We had a lot of catching up to do which was great after 4 years or so! I forgot what a kind and generous person he is like many Russians I...

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Jun 28, 2007 - Moscow

The first thing on the agenda this morning was the Central Armed Forces Museum. The museum was very quiet since it is not the typical tourist spot. Galina had been a history teacher and she knew all the good museums in Moscow. Once again I really enjoyed the guided tour and chased Galina around all morning! For me, although the nightlife and socializing is important, I would never forgive myself if I missed something just because I was tired... so I pushed all of that to the side and took in everything I could! But a lot of the people I...

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To Russia With Love

Jun 27, 2007 - Moscow

This morning we got to sleep in a bit as breakfast wasn't until 8:30! The buffet at breakfast was the oddest breakfast buffet I'd ever seen. Not that it wasn't tasty, but it included rice and pasta! I'd never seen anything like that before!! During breakfast I'd noticed that neither Rhian nor David was down, and then when we met everyone just before 9:00, they still weren't there. I mentioned this to Kristy, who had just been wondering the same thing, so she ran up to their room to see if they were still there. She knocked on their door,...

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To Russia With Love

Jun 26, 2007 - Novgorod to Moscow

We were up early and on our way to Moscow! Along the way we were pulled over by the Russian police. Katya had been speeding, and had to go over to the cop car and actually go inside. Then she came back to the bus for papers, and was once again brought back into the police car. Once they agreed upon a price to bribe the cop we were on our way again! Usually when you're pulled over you only have to bribe the cop €5, but in this case Katya was actually speeding so we had to pay €20. And an interesting thing, when bribing a cop in Russia, you...

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To Russia With Love

May 29, 2007 - Moscow - it's the domes

Big, hot and not friendly. Little eye contact, few smiles - it's just their way. But Red Square and the Kremlin don't need smiles - it's more of a jaw-dropping experience. I couldn't stop photographing the domes - there are more than 30 on 3+ churches inside the Kremlin complex, plus at least 10 on colorful St. Basil's, recently refurbished. We are staying in a complex of four huge high-rise hotels built for the 1980 Olympics. We have met our tour group, a nice mix of 3 Kiwis, 2 Brits, 1 Irish, 6 Aussies and the 2 of us. Our tour leader is...

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May 10, 2007 - Moscow

We're booked ito the Ismailovo Hotel, which forms part of the complex which was used during the 1980 Moscow olympics, and the hotel seems hardly to have changed since. You can have a room in any colour you like as long as its brown, the staff are dour and unhelpful, and seem more interested in reading their books than helping their customers. If you want to experience Russia prior to the break up of the Soviet Union, then this is the place to go! Our first day takes us to Red Square, and there seems to be a buzz of exitement from everyone...

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Where's Malcolm?

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