Lenin had a big brain and Stalin loved his mum
Trip Start Jan 16, 2009
40Trip End May 26, 2009
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Where I stayed
with a heartily dodgy breakfast of egg and bulgar wheat, where we met a
couple of our traveling companions, and then set off into town. Went up
St Issacs cathedral and checked out the 360 panorama of the city
(mostly obscured by cranes) then walked over the bridge to the nose and
watched some crazy guys cut a hole in the ice and then apparently later
jump in. There were also some old women talking to a statue but we're
not 100% sure that was related... A visit to the Vodka museum didn't
take us very long but certainly loosened us up enough to meet everyone
else. Especially if like the Emmas you just took the vodka and didn't
eat the "dodgy snacks". Met up the the honcho (Diana) and the rest of
the group: 2 irish (Tom and Declan who we met at breakfast), 2 sisters
(Lisa and Sara) from near Laaaaandaaaan and Alicia who was my roommate
and Australian. We all went to a very classy restaurant and then a bar
and generally had a good bonding time.
Next day after more dodgy
breakfast we went to St Peter and Paul's fortress and got the crap
scared out of us by the noon gun. Onwards to the beautiful church of
the blood on the ground with the fur (NOT it's real name!!) which was
completely covered in mosaics. Amazing. We split from the group and
Lisa managed to get her purse nicked... just the start of her
spectacular run of bad luck which ranges from getting splashed to
ordering really naff apple juice. She is just not a lucky lady! Had
dinner at a traditional canteen, buffet style place, as we have every
day since actualy.
The hermitage the next day was beautiful,
especially the throne room but the pie that followed was even better.
Didn't do much for the rest of the day and then got the midnight train
Arrived at 8 yesterday morning and checked into our
beautiful hostel which is as good as the accomodation is going to get
for a while! Went to Red Square, saw Lenin (Emma got shushed!) tried to
get into the Kremlin but failed and then went on a bit of a wild
goosechase trying to change travellers cheques. Failed to find a
dumpling restraunt due to our majorly defective guidebook and tried to
get into a bar but ended up backstage by accident.
We're off to breakfast on a "tasty plate" and then finaly get into the Kremlin now.
Actually today we're off to Irkust, we saw many great things in Moscow which we will write about next time :) We arrive there on Wednesday after a magic 4 days on the train. Good times