Trip Start May 23, 2007
11Trip End Aug 02, 2007
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Moscow, what can I say about Moscow? Well it was interesting. It wasn't what I expected and yet it was. The way we travelled from Lithuania to Moscow was to catch a train in Riga Latvia. We took a sleeper train from Riga into a Moscow station. It was crazy. We all get on, with the help of the boys(suitcases) and go to our room that was maybe 7x10'. It was so small. So after we get in and begin to get settled a russian man comes up to us and asks why we are in his room. It was me, jess, amanda, and sarah and we were really excited and really girlie at that point, poor man. It turned out that we had all be misinformed and we all needed to switch rooms. It was crazy difficult. We had to all pack up our stuff and stand single file in a line with our luggage. We finally got in our room and situated. It was one of the most fun nights we have had here
Everyday in Moscow tended to start early. I've been having issues with my hair and the climate(shoot me) so it took me quite a while to get ready and I ended up missing breakfast. We headed to red square and the Kremlin where we were able to tour a couple of churches and we were able to see Stalin. We then had a few minutes to look at a local mall which was beautiful. We also got followed around by a security guard who turned amanda down when she asked for a picture. After lunch we went to the armory museum and I promptly got sick. (we have all been sick off and on due to the major changes in food/climate plus our overall lack of sleep) After rejoining the group we went and toured a square that was full of russian orthodox churches. They were all beautiful. The one problemthat we tended to have though was the amount of information our guides told us. We would spend at least 30 minutes in each church and normally they were only one room. I actually got asked to leave by a russian guard when I was caught taking a picture
Sunday we all got up and had breakfast before getting on the coach for a two hour drive to church, which was in russian and was almost 3hours long. Garrett acted like a five year old for half of it he was so bored and uncomfortable (long legs in a small space). Ryan however made a local friend very quickly. The kids were allowed to run around the service so after a few flirtatious stares a little girl gave him a note in russian. we then had it somewhat translated "my name is tania, american?" was all we could get. The next note her mom helped her write and in english it said "my name is tania, I am six years old." Ryan then wrote back that his name was Ryan Bennett and he was 21. How are you? I think the age difference may have scared the mom because that was the end of the notes. She was adorable though and the whole ordeal kept us entertained for the end of the service. After Ryan got his picture with her before we headed to a local youth center where we met with local "missionaries/evangelists" and had lunch
Monday we had a business visit to mars co. It was amazing. Other than having a bus driver who couldn't drive a stick the trip was definately the best corporate visit that we have had so far. We got to talk to a local american who was the logistics manager about his moving to russia, how he became involved with mars, and we also got a tour of the lines. It was a great visit. We also got a lot of just common business knowledge that we will need when we go into international business. After our visit we headed back to moscow where we enjoyed a folklore dinner cruise on the river running through moscow. It was a lot of fun. The dancers pulled us in and i ended up having to do a traditional russian dance where I got the great pleasure of kissing both Dr
This morning we had an early breakfast before meeting with a local business man at our hotel. You may have heard of him. He is running the only mexican food chain in Russia and the business is growing very quickly. He was very informative. We then got on the coach and headed to the airport where we had a quick bite before going through lines for customs. After customs we got on the flight where most IBIers are around each other but I'm in rows of russians. It is interesting to say the least. My neighbor just got caught with brandy and was asked to put it away. Seriously hilarious. He speaks very little english and he has already had two bottles(mini) of red wine. Hes maybe 70 sitting next to his wife. Russians are great!