The most expensive city in the world

Trip Start Feb 16, 2008
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Friday, March 14, 2008

Moscow is a major economic centre and is the world's billionaire capital, home to the largest number of billionaires in the world and possesses a complex transport system that includes the world's busiest and deepest (so it doubles up as a bomb shelter) metro system, which is famous for its architecture and paintings.
I arrived in Moscow on a Friday morning so that I could see the capital at the weekend at its busiest, have a couple of good nights out and then spend a couple of chilled out days seeing the sights. That all soon got changed when I found out that I was not just a myth that its was the most expensive city in the world, it really was.... and not a good place for a backpacker on a budget!
Decided to pack in all in to one weekend, then get the sunday night train out of there in hope the rest of Russia would be substantialy cheaper. I still managed to fit quite alot into the weekend though, first visiting the famous Red Square, which on the way to I saw some of the huge gothic skyscrapers which Stalin had put up in the soviet era and they really towered above all of the other building. I also went to see a massive statue of Peter the great, but was most impressed with The Cathedrial of Christ the Saviour. Didnt spend long in Red Square though as it is a place renowned for getting stopped by the police, who 'check' your passport to see if you have registered your visa ad then expect a bribe or you end up on a trip to the police station. .
The next day I went inside The Kremin and saw the Tsar cannon, a huge bell, (i think it is about 16 tonnes and the biggest in the world) and The Cathedrial of Assumption. We had some good nights out with some Spanish guys and a random crazy Mexican from the hostel, although most of the night we just drunk in the hostel as it was busy and the clubs were so expensive. One of the best nights though was on the Sunday when we went to see Moscow Locomotive play Kazan, the atmosphere at the match was really good, but even better after the match on the metro home, it was packed with fans going crazy, singing and jumping in time on the train, which felt like ot was going to derail. There were also hundreds of Russian police on horses and Russian army, but even this did not seem to deter the fans, luckily we had Locomotive head bands and just blended in with the crowd as I wouldnt of fancied being ointed out for an away fan.. or even an English person to be honest!!
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Lenin Hostel

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