Moscow on Foot
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My third day in Moscow was spent walking again. The best way to indulge yourself in Moscow during summer is walking. The weather was wonderful, and I even got "tanned." Getting tanned in Russia was the last thing I expected from this trip! Before setting out on my trip to Russia, everyone was asking how "cold" it was during summer in Russia.
Here is the route I took: Kitai Gorod - Kremlin - Manezh Square - Cathedral of Christ the Savior - Park Kultury station - Arbat - New Arbat - Park Pobedy - Kutuzovsky Prospekt. Actually, I took a bus from New Arbat to Park Pobedy and was utterly shocked. I gave the driver 10 rubles for my ticket, assuming it was enough, but he was saying I needed to pay more.
I had my lunch at a food stall near Park Kultury station for a genuine local experience. I had bliny (Russian pancakes) with meat and mushrooms, which cost around US$3. The lady in the stall was friendly and "fast" --- two things I was not used to seeing in Russia. I got my bliny in no time! When I used to live here back in the 90's, people were grumpy and slow. There was no such thing as service. So, my experience at the bliny stall was a pleasant surprise. Bliny and hotdog stalls can be found all over the city, especially around Metro stations.
Like the rest of Moscow, Park Pobedy had changed too. I think it had become more enjoyable, because there were open-air cafes all over the place. There was not a kiosk on the perimeter before. It was just a large track of land with big monuments of war. I think there is a move towards ameliorating the "inhumane" aspects of Moscow.
After Park Pobedy, I walked along the whole stretch of Kutuzovsky Prospekt. Kutuzovsky Prospekt has always been my favourite street of Moscow because of the Neo-Classical buildings that line it. This area was developed during Stalin's era. Kutuzovsky Prospekt is like a showcase for Stalinist atchitecture. Apparently, Kutuzovsky Prospekt is one of the most prestigeous addresses in Moscow.
I decided to stay up all night, because I had to leave for the airport at 5:30 in the following morning. I was chilling out in the lounge at the hostel and met a Japanese girl, who was travelling with her Dutch-American boyfriend on the Trans-Siberian line. There were so many people making the Trans-Siberian trip. Travelling by train for such a long distance must be quite an experience. I must definitely travel on the Trans-Siberian line one day.