Moscow

Trip Start May 24, 2006
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Trip End Aug 21, 2006


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Sunday, July 16, 2006

My last two days in Moscow have been great. Yesterday I went to check out the VDNK, which it's sorta like a "World's Fair" for the old USSR. There are huge buildings and monuments representing that had formerly represented the great achievements and culture of the Soviet world. Exhibits range from pavilions for the individual "SSR" republics to an old Soviet rocket and aircraft. The area is however, no longer "officially" used to celebrate the achievements of socialism and most of the pavilions are now used as space for selling stuff such as electronics, clothes, and automatic weapons... (please see attached photo when I get it up).

I also checked out this sorta touristy bazaar with a bunch of old soviet and found an old book outlining the entire old Soviet rail network (how's that for a cool memoir of the Trans-Siberian?)

In the evening I checked out Cafe Pushkin. It's suppose to have the best Russian food in Moscow and I was impressed with my fish. Haven't had a meal this scrumptious in quite awhile. I wish I could say the service was as good (though based on what I've experienced it might also have the best service in Russia), but the waiter seemed to not understand that both Anna and I wanted the same dish, though we wanted one each (not 1 total!), so we had to enjoy our meals separately.

Today I hit the Museum of the Great Patriotic War and Victory Park (this is what the Russians refer to as World War II.) The museum was impressive on both it's grandeousness and detail of the events that transpired during WWII when the "Facist Hilterites" attacked the "Soviet Red" army. There were all sorts of cool dioramas of the major battles, maps, and old weapons depicting the events from 1941 to 1945. It really gave a feel for the huge impact (~20 million deaths) that the Soviet Union suffered. Unfortunately the museum made a SMALL historical oversight and forgot to include anything before 1941 (ya, that's right WWII started in 1939 didn't it and who exactly started it?)
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