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From Moscow again

Hi again.

Another quick one, I forgot to mention the gypsies yesterday - after we crossed the border successfully into Belarus, and had our passports stamped and returned, the train was shunted into Brest (I think) and a horde of gypsies boarded the train and went from cabin to cabin selling beer, vodka, and various bits of food. All about 20-30, except for one particular one who was about 60-70, and who wouldn't leave us alone for at least 20 minutes.

Anyway Moscow has been very cold, I think I pointed that out already. We had a tour guide show us how to use the Moscow Metro and give us a quick whip round the highlights. A word on the Moscow Metro - very efficient. Dare I say it, even more efficient than the Tube in London (though thats not saying much). Going down the escalators to the platforms though you feel as if you are descending into the bowels of the earth. If you thought you'd seen deep underground train stations you haven't seen anything until you get to Moscow.

Also nobody seems to talk on Moscow trains, its understandable as they make so much noise when moving you have to shout to be heard.

We've seen Lenin; he looks like a wax figure though our tour guide assured us its the real deal. We've just been through the Kremlin Armoury this morning, and the Riding School beside the Kremlin - the roof trusses in the Riding School are very impressive (coming from a carpenters son).

After we get off the computers we are off to wander through the Kremlin at will (the Armoury is a different section), then we are heading to a supermarket to pick up some good bottles of vodka before heading back to the hotel where our driver will whisk us over to the proper train station for our trans-siberian train. After this entry you won't hear from me for a week.

We've tried Baltika 7 beer - it is very smooth. We also tried some chili vodka (Nemiroff I believe), we'll pick some up to bring home to Oz as its not as powerful as it sounds, but leaves a very nice aftertaste (specially if you like chili like me and Jess).

Thats pretty much everything. I just wanted to add I miss everyone back in the UK and home in Australia very badly after dealing with cyrillic the last couple of days!

ciao, I'll post again next week from Mongolia =)


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 14th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
man your life is awesome
Feb. 21st, 2007 06:30 am (UTC)
Bah, the grass is always greener.
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