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I always had plans to visit Russia, don't ask me why!
Russia is a country full with history and culture so a good uppertunity to explore it.
So my dad and i bought 2 tickets from Amsterdam to Moscow and our adventure started at june 1 2007!
After a good flight we landed in Domodedovo, a city nearby Moscow and from the airport we took a taxi.
The taxi was a realy old Lada and while driving on the freeway i felt i was in Russia: Privet Moscow!
We asked the capdriver to bring us to a good hotel and after 1,5 hour we arrived at a huge hotel.
The hotel was very luxery, when we arrived there was a film-crew with some famous Russian filmstars filming at the reception!
We had a room on the 37th floor and we had a lovely room, nice beds and a great view over Moscow!
We stored our luggage and took a nice wodka in the lounche and discussed about what to do.
Someone told us we should visit the market nearby the Lokomotiv stadium, it's the biggest market of Moscow.
We walked to the marked and it's huge!
Hundreds of shops with everything you can imagine!
I was wearing a Holland shirt and all those Russian marketpeople where shouting: Marco van Basten,Ruud van Nistelrooy,Frank Rijkaard and a lots of famous Dutch soccer players, the people like sports here!
We buyed a shirt from Lokomotiv Moscow and a few imitation clothes haha
There was one realy annoying guy who tried to sell me shoes every time when he saw me.
After a long day we went to a restaurant and we had a delious steak and a lot of wodka's haha!
The restaurant and the staff where very nice :)
There was a guy, nice dressed playing piano the whole evening and at exactly 11:00 he stand up and he takes his jacket while the music still played!
Then he opens the piano,took his cd-player and went home hahaha
We went back to the hotel and had some nice dreams, i was realy tired :)
The second day we woke up and we walked to a very nice lunchroom where we asked for the breakfast-menucard.
We had only 2 choices: French fries with a steak or french fries with fish and there was only beer and wodka!
So we took the french fries with the steak and a glass with 0.5l beer as a breakfas haha:P
I liked the Russian style already!
After the breakfast we went to the centre by metro.
The metro-system of Moscow is the biggest in the world but one of the most beautifull metro-stops also!
Hundreds of beautifull statues and marmer floors are located in every metro-stop.
On any station every minute a new metro will arrive and when it's very busy 1,5 minute!
And it's also cheap, for €0,64; you can travel to anywhere in Moscow.
After we arrived to the centre we went to a very large and expensive mall, located near the red square.
They had everything in that mall, from toothbrushes till flatscreen tv's!
After visiting the mall we went to the red square and walked a little bit.
We saw the Basiliuschurch and we place in line to see the dead body of Lenin inside the mausoleum.
There where hundreds of people in line and a guard told us that if we should pay hem some money, he would bring us to the entrance without waiting haha, in that case corruption makes some things easyer.
So we went to the entrance and we saw some graves of famous communists and we went inside the mausoleum.
We walked down the staires and there was Lenin, already death for 80 years.
It looked like a doll, because he is waxed, you can see where he had holes of death skin, creapy!
But it was a good experiance to see someone who changed Russia and made a lot of history.
On the other side, that history about Lenin was very tough to learn at school haha.
After we visited the red square and the grave of the unknown soldier we went to the metro.
We arrived at the Lokomotiv station and it was beautifull, what a nice stadium!
The club is named to the Russian Railways but original it was the club of the octoberrevolution.
I visited the museum and we went to the Loko bar.
I had a nice talk with the barguy and we exchanged experiences, so nice :)
There was a guy who worked for Lokomotiv and asked me if i would like to see the next match.
So he walked with me to the ticketbox and bought us tickets for the Reactive-side, the fanatics.
They had to play against CSKA Moscow, also known as the soccer club of the army and rivals.
Next day we had a few drinks with some Lokomotiv fans in a pub a few hours before the match.
Later we walked to the stadium, got checked 4 times and entered the stadium.
We had standing seats on the second ring, next to 4 big drums.
I helped a few guys with the banners and the match begon.
I met some other Loko fans who liked me because iam a Dutch guy and a Loko fan haha!
We didnt understand each other but we had a great time.
Later i write further