February 24th, 2006 – by: Jess_and_Johnny
St Basils Cathedral
We arrived in Moscow a bit weary as we were expecting it to be a thousand more times chaotic than St Petes, but to our surprise it wasnt that bad. We walked to the hostel "sweet moscow" only to be turned away at the door (not so sweet after all) so we blindly managed to find our way to Godzillas hostel with only little directions...but we found it!! Had a much needed day off and just chilled, making some new friends (Jen and Martin) in the meantime. We had managed to venture out and buy some vodka and celebrated Jen and Martins engagement with our eager pisspot roommate Andrew. Feeling groggy the next morning the 4 of us walked to the Red Square and checked it out, plus the Kremlin and all that exists within the high walls (a few churches!) then walked round that park of the city.
Mind you, it was around -10 degrees so just a bit nippy. The Metro is impressive...mainly each station which there individual designs at each one. Though the money invested to make it all so lovely would have cost a bomb! We munched on local crepes, the best being chocolate and banana...yummy. We then went 'home' and organised our Train Tickets with help from our hostel staff (thankyou!!!) with four stops up until Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. If we had jumped the gun and bought them in the UK, we would have spent at least 5 times what we paid in the end so was a great saving. We all then warmed ourselves up with more vodkas and a movie. mmmm
On our last day here we went Ice Skating in Gorky Park- I had my first taste of hockey skates...not bad! And got to touch up on my skills.
The Red Square
Ha! Was really fun, the tracks were like a maze, not just a rink going round in circles. We then went to Victory Park and saw a humungous Obelisk dedicated to the Russian Victory in World War 2, which also had a modern sculpture near by that was a bit wierd and we all tried to analyse but not sure how close we got! We swung by the Red Square on the way home and went to St Basils....an interesting church to say the least. And unique interior too!! We think it looks like something from a Disney movie...in the nicest way possible. Jen and Martin left before us as they were catching a different train but we plan to meet them in Yekanterinburg, so we said our goodbyes then followed not long after to the station and found our beds on the train. We were staying 3rd class (platskartny) which is basically like a big dorm. Our fellow passangers opposite us were a friendly man eager to communicate and a woman who strongly resembled and acted like the host from the 'Weakest Link' Ha! We spent 24 hours traveling east to Kungur, making friends with a Russian guy who spoke excellent english (lucky for us) and drinking more Vodka!!! P.S. There are other options of alcohol besides vodka in Russia....but 'when in rome...'
Some bad news...Johnnys camera has sadly passed away, so there will be no photos for a while. If I get my hands on any I will be sure to put them on!!