Trip Start Aug 01, 2006
Trip End Dec 31, 2007

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Thursday,September 14th Well we all got the train from St.Pete to Moscow last night. Went through the mad traffic of St.Pete in old Russian taxi car and arrival at Moskva station. Onto to night train for 8 hour train journey to Moscow arrival at 08.00 am. From board mad amount of trains heading to Moscow tonight. Our train is one of at least 5. Get into train and pretty good. Four berth cabin sharing with Sang, Otto and Zoe. Free food (brekkie stuff), water, cleaning stuff for next morning and Russian magazines. After lots of dodgy jokes and laughter off to bed. Thankfully my cold has now receeded so can sleep easily and node off straigt away in bottom bunk. All of that travelling in Oz doing me well now as some of others not us to train or sharing with many others in one room. Arrival in Moscow and mini bus to hotel. Unfortunately cannot check in and off to cafe place for coffee.

Moscow is very different than St.Pete. All at least 6 lane roads, high skyscrapers and very business like. Drive pass two of the Seven Sisters - 7 builings built by stalin as swish apartments blocks. After check in afternoon off to Red Square via Metro. Oh oh - Moscow Metro mad difficult to understand without a good grasp of Russian. Think going to get lost a few times on it. After lots of photo taking and walking around Red square off to internet cafe and bit to eat.

Friday,September 15th Sharing room with Chris and skipped brekkie this morning for qucik instant coffee (courtesy Rusian Railways and free hot water end of corridor). Meet 9.30 am to get Metro into city centre and to to Krelin Red Square. Huge crowds waiting to get in but get through and tour with Valeria. Gerry funny comment on 'Valeria. That name sounds like malaria in English' and before he said it the look of 'please don't say it' on the face of Bora.
Kremlin lot better than expected. See lots of catherdrals
1. See Putin's office (see pic)
2. Biggest Canon in world - never used (see pic)
3. Biggest Bell in Russia - never used (see pic)
4. Building where they had all the soviet congresses

Inside Armoury museum see lots of czar stuff and especially the famous jewellery Fabergé Easter Eggs. One of the Eggs has a map of the trans siberian on the ouside and inside the egg a working miniture toy trans siberian train with five carriages and insriptions.
Mad crowds around eggs so hard to get a close look. Also one of the empress's carriages was used as a model for Disney's Cinderella! Lots of stories of Russian royalties killing each other, secret husbands and secret lovers.
In afternoon off to food court bottom floor of shopping centre bside red square and then off to Arbat street for some souvenir shopping/haggling. Get two t-shirts for 190 roubles each along with Raz and good laugh at knitted thermal underwear at local market. Out for dinner later at Georgian (place underneath Russia) restaurant with cheap beer (pivo) for Moscow. Had a few late drinks with Bora, Chris, Julie and Jamie at a T.G.I Friday's and gave a good laugh to guys at bar which got us free vodkas - he, he
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