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Aug 25, 2005 - Russia, Belarus and Poland

St.Petersburg or Leningrad as it was known to the communists is just too beautiful to believe. It makes Venice pale in comparison. The Hermitage, the Winter and Summer Palaces. The food is a little heavy on the meat and potatoes and though other tourists said Russians are too serious and don't smile I found them to be friendly and kind. I got along quite well with them and when I said Canada they answered ''we are the same. Everything but the Vodka. Moscow is a capitalists dream and the Russians want it all and now. A little too overdone...

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Aug 17, 2005 - Part 1: Family Reunion in Moscow, Russia

Things don't always work out as planned but sometimes what happens is better. Originally on our itinerary we were going to visit Russia in October. The main highlight of Russia was to visit Tamara's brother (Chris) and sister-in-law (Vika), who is Russian. October isn't an ideal time to visit Russia unless you want to make the most of your opportunity to buy big fur hats & jackets. When the rest of Tamara's family randomly decided to visit Russia in mid-August, we knew a family reunion in Moscow wasn't complete without us. It was the first...

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Jul 28, 2005 - Moscow

We only had a very short time in Moscow so we decided to make the most of it by stepping off the train and getting straight down to sight seeing (personal hygiene already slipping somewhat)We went straight to see Lenin, and I am ashamed to admit that I wasn't really sure what exactly we were going to see. I was expecting some sort of statue and memorial...So anyway, after briding the army (the Russian police are incredibly corrupt and bribing is very common - great if you want to jump the queues!) we were ushered through to a very empty Red...

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Jul 6, 2005 - Moscow

NB - this is going to be a long entry... Well I have made it in one piece to Moscow - however with some very well intentioned and appreciated words of warning from one of the staff at the hostel - I wont really relax much until I leave the city I think. I have put all valuables into the hostel safe except my camera so there isnt really much to steal off me now anyway! The train trip from Vienna was definitely long - but I actually survived it quite well apart from not getting any more than 4 hours sleep in the 40 I was on the move. Warsaw...

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Jun 20, 2005 - Moscow

woke up this morning after agood night of sleep, in a room on the top floor of the Russica Hotel. The biggest architectural monstrosity in Moscow. It has 6,000 rooms and faces St Basils and Red Square. That is depending which wing you get into. We are in the south wing overlooking the Moscow River with the lights and sounds of a very busy city. I would compare it more to Paris than any city that I have ever been in. On our tour after breakfast we saw a church that was built in 1995. I can't remember the name, because of the accent of our...

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Jun 7, 2005 - Moscow

Arrived in Moscow on Monday night. Staying at a huge soviet dinosaur of a motel right in the centre of town. The place is big enough to have its own postcode - spans a full city block - but great location - right opposit St Basils and the Kremlin Today, we took a tour of the Kremlin - not what I had expected - but then I don't know what I did expect. I suppose the word has always conjured up some large KGB building full of men in dark suits and sunglasses spying on people for no apparent purpose. Actually, the Kremlin is a small "village"...

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Jun 2, 2005 - Arrival in Moscow--Day Four

Kevin: 5,185 kilometers (3,222 miles) and almost 4 days after we left Irkutsk, we finally arrived in Moscow! For the curious, it was 2,672 kilometers (1,660 miles) from Beijing through China and Mongolia to Irkutsk, so the entire "Trans-Mongolian" train journey was 4,882 miles! And we've actually been travelling by train since we left Hong Kong, all the way across Asia...but I digress. We arrived in Moscow to find that the apartment we tried to reserve was booked, and contrary to the website promises, no alternative accommodations had been...

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May 24, 2005 - Episode Moscow

MOUSTACHE TICKER... Moscow centre: walking from Square of the Revolution to the State Library (still labelled with 'CCCP' outside), four of 50 men sported moustaches (8%)*... at the Prosoyuznaya (Trade Union) metro station, just three of 50 (6%)... meanwhile, an enigmatic poll appearing in The Moscow Times claims one in five Russians fear a 'Western secret-service coup' may overtake the government... In Moscow for the first time since 1992 -- the first summer of Russia (Russia's episode II, that is). Everyone warned me how much it's...

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May 22, 2005 - Red Square & Cathedral of Christ the Savior

These photos are from my first weekend in Moscow. Katherine, my guide, and I set off for Red Square where most of these photos were taken. Red square is well, a big square. You can see the size of it from my first picture of St. Basil's. For some reason the square was fenced off, I think some politico was touring, so I got a shot of the empty square. There is also a photo of Lenin's tomb where they keep the man embalmed in state. It was closed so I was not able to see the man who began The Revolution. Behind Lenin's tomb there is a line of...

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Gove Goes to Russia

Apr 8, 2005 - 24 hours in Moscow

It was nearly midnight when I stepped out onto Red Square and stared up at St. Basil's. I could see my breath against the fantastically illuminated domes, and thick piles of snow and long stretches of black ice covered the ground. All around me were the sounds of the city: the hum of traffic on Tverskaya, the muffled footsteps of passers-by on the snowy streets nearby, and the chatter of young soldiers in front of the GUM shopping center overlooking the square. It was my first evening in Moscow in ten years, and although I was bleary-eyed...

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Dec 1, 2004 - A Message from the Kremlin

Well, that was a long but very awesome train trip. 5 days sitting around entertaining myself, and the days were 25 to 26 hours because of crossing time zones. Actually it was surprisingly easy to pass the time - playing patients, eating, staring out the window, eating, having monosyllabic conversations with my room-mates, and eating some more. In fact I overate quite a few times, although I was disappointed not to find much of the platform food sold by Babushka's that people had raved about. Luckily I brought just enough food with me. I...

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Adrian's OE 2004

Nov 3, 2004 - Mockba

obawialem sie troche ze bedzie problem z wiza, a w zasadzie z jej brakiem. teoretycznie polakom przysluguje 10. dniowy, bezwizowy tranzyt. problem w tym, ze granicznicy czesto o tym nie wiedza :( szykowalem sie na dluzsza dyskusje o 2. w nocy, na granicy. na szczescie obylo sie bez nerwow: musialem jedynie pokazac bilet wyjazdu z moskwy (mialem do chita) i wize do chin. w moskwie jest wiele wartych zobaczenia miejsc (chociazby plac czerwony i okolice) jednak miasto robi na mnie mniejsze wrazenie niz kijow. moze dlatego, ze wiecej sie po nim...

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