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Jul 8, 2012 - Russian Cruise

And so, a fabulous, fabulous trip has come to an end. Unfortunately, we have to be on the bus at 3:00 am for a 60 Km ride to the airport! The roads were busy even at this time of the morning! We noticed that it is nighttime that any road works, cleaning are done. There were workers out everywhere. One of the guides came with us to the airport, thank goodness, as we would have a hard time deciphering where to go & what to do. Our first flight was to Frankfurt, then on to Calgary, and a drive home. All this for a total of 26 hours of travel!...

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Life is a Journey

Jul 4, 2012 - Russian Cruise

Our first day in Moskau was fabulous. We took the Metro into the center of town. From there, we walked along a very, very busy street, had a quite bathroom stop at - wait for it - MacDonald"s (free), and then on to Red Square. This has to be the most famous square in the world. This is where you really feel as though you are in Russia. It is about 70,000 sq meters, bordered by the Kremlin wall, St Basil's cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum, The State Museum, and the famous GUM department store. St Basil's is what I came to see. It is truly...

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Life is a Journey

Mar 20, 2012 - Russia

Privet that's Russian for hello. I landed a few hours ago and the time difference right now would be 11 hours. Most of the people here are poor and uncontrolled by the government. The families are basic social units, the head of house is usually the man and both parents work very hard. Some families are large and others are small.the housing is like south Africa and India also because of the apartment buildings, many families have to share with strangers and family. The land all of Russia is 6,601,668 square miles that's to times the size...

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Oct 9, 2011 - Cousin Rose, Birthdays, and One Last Cab Ride -- Day 21

Since last night was a late one laced with plenty of libations needless to say it was very hard getting up this morning. I set my alarm for 10 am so I wouldn’t sleep the entire day and work up with a pretty bad headache. I stayed in bed off and on until around 11:30. I hastily got dressed and stumbled downstairs to the hotel restaurant for breakfast. After I eat I still wasn’t feeling 100 percent and decided to go back to the room for some more sleep. I woke around 2 pm and started to slowly make my way to the shower when my phone started...

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Oct 8, 2011 - Russians, Hard Rock, and Disco Dancing – Day 20 – Part 2

So when I got back to the hotel I wanted to rest up for a few hours. Alex had called me earlier in the day and we were going to hang out together for the night. I took a small nap and got up around 7:30. Alex was texting me asking me where I was at and I said as soon as I got ready I would be down to his room. He was staying in the same hotel as me which made hanging and work stuff much easier. He told me not to meet in his room but come to the bar because they were having a few drinks. Once I got ready and headed to the hotel bar there...

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Oct 8, 2011 - Red Square, Lenin’s Tomb, and Saint Baisl's – Day 20 - Part 1

So today when I got up I set my sights on one thing and that was to go to Red Square. There was a lot to see including The Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the Bolshoi Theatre. I got up had breakfast at the hotel and headed out. When I checked into the hotel the lady at the front desk said there was two ways to get there one was to take the subway about two stops and the other was to just walk which would take about a half hour. Alex had told me earlier that the subway system in Moscow is insanely crazy to try and figure out so since it...

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Oct 7, 2011 - Work, Vodka Shots, and Hitchhiking – Day 19

Since things didn’t go well at work the last two days Friday was going to be a long, long day at work. I got up at 7 am after Chris, the other guy from work who was in Dubai, to tell me he missed his flight home. I got ready took some croissants from the business center and headed into work. It was going to be a long day with lots to do. Basically if we didn’t get finished what needed to be done today there was a good chance I would be staying another day or two in Moscow. Considering I have been on the road continually since May I wasn’t...

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Oct 6, 2011 - Settling In, Pizza, and Vodka – Day 18

We ended up having some issues at the work site the night before so because of this I was able to sleep in today which is always nice. I got up around 10 am and put on some clothes and went for a walk around the neighborhood. I didn’t have to be into work until around 3 pm so I had a few hours to myself. Although it was again rather brisk outside the sun came out from time to time. The neighborhood I am in is really a confluence of old buildings and new ones. I found out the hotel I am staying out was built sometime in the early 20th...

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Oct 5, 2011 - Sibirskaya Corona, a little sunshine, and a new friend – Day 17

Today was the first day at the work site in Moscow. I got up at 7 am to be ready for work at 8 am. Nobody ever really told me what time I would be starting so I just assumed it was at 8 like it is at most places. After I was ready to go I headed down to the lobby and to the front desk with the address of the work site. I knew basically where I was going but I just wanted to make sure. It was going to be nice because unlike Hong Kong where I needed to take a cab every day I would be able to walk to the site. The pretty girl at the front desk...

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Oct 4, 2011 - So Long Asia, Hello Europe – Day 16

So today would be another long and at times nerve wracking, and exciting day on this crazy trip that has often been full of crazy nerve wracking and exciting days. I would be flying on a ten and half hour journey from Hong Kong to Russia on the regional Russian Airline known as Aeroflot. That’s right I was heading to Moscow or Moskva, Москва́, The First Throne, or The Third Rome. The political, economic, cultural, scientific, religious, financial, educational, and transportation center of Russia and the entire continent. It’s the northern...

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Jul 19, 2011 - Setting Sail from Moscow

July 19, Tuesday, Setting Sail This morning we went for an optional tour of the Tretyakov Gallery, a gallery specializing in Russian, rather than European art. It was very interesting, and, as usual, we had a very excellent guide who showed us the highlights. We spent about 2 hours there. The landscape painting, and school of realism was especially good. We returned to our ship, MS Rossia, and began our river trip to St Petersburg in the afternoon. The entire trip will cover over 800 miles. The initial 80 miles will be on the Moscow canal,...

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Jul 18, 2011 - Moscow

July 18, Monday, Moscow We awoke to another lovely fresh day in Moscow. After breakfast we boarded our bus for downtown Moscow. The traffic was heavy as it usually is in Moscow. We drove along the Moscow River and stopped in front of the main cathedral of Moscow, The Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer. It was blown up by Stalin, and for many years was an outdoor swimming pool. It was rebuilt in the mid 1990's mostly with state money after a great deal of controversy. It is a very beautiful edifice from the outside. We didn't have time to go...

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