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Apr 15, 2007 - Moskou - 2

Toch nog een update over Moskou, laatste tijd niet echt tijd gehad om internet cag\fe op tezoek. Het programma in Moskou al behoorlijk vol en met het reizen in een groep kun je toch niet altijd je eigen tijd indelen. Nu in totaal 3 dagen in Moskou geweest. Wat opvallend is dat ook hier, net als in St Petersburg de metro stations erg mooi zijn. Niet die betonnen, naar pis stinkende en met junks aangeklede bunkers in Amsterdam, maar veel marmer, graniet, glas inlood decoraties en beelden van beroemde Russen. Natuurlijk in het Kremlin geweest....

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Apr 13, 2007 - Moskou

Gisterochtend, na lekker geslapen te hebben in de trein precies om 8.00 aangekomen op het station in Moskou (de NS zou eens een viorbeeld aan de punctualiteit van de Russische treinen moeten nemen). Hier stond Andrew ons al op te wachten om ons naar het hostel te brengen. Dat is dan weer het voordeel van georganiseerd reizen, de transfers van naar stations en hostels zijn goed geregeld en je hoeft je niet bezig te houden met het zoeken naar een hostel. Wel grappig dat het hostel gewoon open is terwijl de verbouwing ervan gewoon doorgaat......

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Dec 14, 2006 - Trans-Siberian Railway

When you cross the largest country in the world in one long train ride, routine becomes your friend. Sleep, Read, Eat, Drink, Nap, Eat, Read, Drink, and so on. All the while, the Taiga passes by mile after mile, this time of the year, covered in knee deep snow. Babushka's wade through the powder carrying mystery goods in plastic bags, continuing their daily rounds in forgotten villages, oblivious to the voyeurs behind the sixty mph windows. I was reading Dr. Zhivago one evening, sipping a screwdriver, when some young Russian soldiers...

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Oct 2, 2006 - Moscow

I caught an overnight train from St Petersburg to Moscow on the "Express" train. This meant that it only took 7 hours to go the 400km between the two cities without stopping, an average of under 60kmph. I quite spectacularly failed to get any sleep at all. This was due to one of the Russian people in the sleeper cabin staying up half the night fiddling about with his palmtop, the movement of the train, a loose part of the ceiling which squeeled whenever the train bounced over the tracks (which was often) and then everyone getting up at 6am....

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Sep 23, 2006 - Vodka, Kremlin and a dead guy!!

My second day in Moscow was again a great day! Spent the morning wandering around the Kremlin. Lots of churchs and cathedrals inside, and quite neat to have seen! My feet of course were aching but kept on hobbeling around. After lunch I headed with Louise, Cam and Midge to St. Basil's cathedral. The architect that built this had his eyes poked out by Ivan the Terrible so that he could not replicate this anywhere else. This was quite a bit smaller than I had expected from the outside. Weird how everywhere you want to get into in Russia you...

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Sep 21, 2006 - Vodka anyone?!?!?

Arrived in Moscow today on the night train from St. Petersburg. What an experience! Lots of fun with everyone grabbing a couple beers and enjoying them on the train! It the backpacker version of pain medication for anything that ails you! Thus recovery time for my feet! The trains are very compact but good and clean. After the excitment of finding the right train and sleeping cabins we all mingled and of course made sure we eased all our pains away ;-)! It was a late night and a early start, we had to get up at 7.30 to get off by 8.00. All...

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Sep 9, 2006 - Moscow

Moscow..after arriving by overnight train which included a box dinner and drink I found my hostile,,( alot easier than in St. P ) and it was on the eight floor. But guess what they have an elevator. Yeah...BUT,,Moscow is having a grey rainny spell and it's been cloudy and raining all week. It just looked like winter was coming..when it rains here the clouds drop down giving the errie snow is coming feeling. The hostile"Sweet Moscow" is located on one of more famous pedestrian streets called "old arbat" which is full of curios shops, cafes,...

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Sep 8, 2006 - Moscow- 'from Russia with puppy love'

Moscow the Great. A riveting city with absolutely iconic sights and an interesting and of course, slightly chequered history, including the pre-1917 October revolution stuff. On my first day here I was taken on a walking tour by a local guide. She avoided Red Square and took me to some 'alternative' places of interest. I saw the Church where the celebrated Russian poet Pushkin was married and heard the story of him and the fortune teller who told him he would die at the hands of a blonde man because of his wife. On the day he got married he...

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Sep 6, 2006 - Moscow

To make a long, gruesome story short - eating food off of the train platforms does have a down side. (ie. being ill on the ever so packed Moscow Metro, and then being convinced that I'm cured, only to have to dash behind a display at the Armoury in the Kremlin.) So I missed out on the beauty of the Faberge Eggs and the impressive designs of the Annunciation Cathedral. It seems to me that I got what I deserved, but I am certain that I have not yet learned the lessons of experimenting with food. Deana, however, had a good look at the...

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Sep 2, 2006 - From San Francisco to Moscow

I left San Francisco Airport on September 2nd to join my good friend Clare in Chicago. After boarding the plane in Chicago, the flight was delayed because a female passenger on the plane caused a disturbance and the pilot declared he would not fly with her on board the aircraft. Chicago Police boarded and forcefully escorted her from the plane. After a flight change in Germany, and another long flight, we arrived at the Moscow Airport. Upon arrival in Moscow, clare's baggage failed to arrive with the flight. After checking with "lost and...

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Sep 2, 2006 - Moscow

Arriving in Moscow on "Moscow Day" was slightly overwhelming. It was difficult to find a street without clusters, pods and lines of military, police and other uniformed official-looking types. Student groups funneled into the centre holding signs and shouting chants (Is this a protest or a celebration?). As the day progressed, street performers, games, competitions and a lip-sinc concert proved to be more jovial. Seeing Red Square and The Kremlin, with its surrounding wall, armoury and churches was a "must-see" for sure but not quite what...

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Aug 9, 2006 - into moscow

Arriving in moscow after the overnight train was a tiring experience.. dumped at the hotel by our transfer we discovered that there were no rooms available to check in. So after 3 1/2 hours sleep we spent the next 2 hours trying to sleep in the hotel lobby, and by the time out walking tour guide arrived we still hadn't checked in. not a great start to the city. we were pissed off little bunnies! Our guide, however, was great, and we thawed on the trip around Moscow's main sites (it was also good to have someone explain how to use the Metro-...

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