Holy Cow! It's Moscow!
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you imagine? I have just been in
Literally surrounded on all sides by the symbolism of a seemingly-threatening past - it is quite a moment in my life to actually see these things with my own eyes. The sparkling onion domes of
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I read in my guidebook that when you
I dug in my pocket and gave all my coins to the first poor-looking person I
saw. A few steps later, however, I noticed a large gathering of people all
tossing coins in a ringed area, where other homeless were later collecting
them. Apparently, I had engaged in a premature donation. I briefly considered
snatching my coins back and doing it correctly, but felt that my act HAD
resulted in good luck - for the old woman, anyway.
Getting around is VERY difficult. The city is crowded and chaotic. I am traveling solo again - no group - and doing okay. But I must admit that I am intimidated. Partly due to the lack of understanding of the language, but also due to what I feel is a strong authoritarian presence. I honestly feel I am being watched everywhere I go by police, soldiers, security - and babushkas too!
Theft is rampant - I have met two people who have had things stolen while they were making their way through the crowds. One lost their wallet and all credit cards, and another had their phone stolen - can you imagine?
Honestly, I am not as comfortable here in
Quick food notes:
For breakfast I had mashed potatoes, blini (non-sweet pancakes), and deep-fried cottage cheese.
The weather continues to be wet and cool, and I'm having a few small health issues keeping me down a bit (just a sore throat, my little tremor is kicking up again, etc). Nothing major, just something that a good night sleep will probably fix - so that's what I'm off to do.
Tomorrow - the Kremlin!