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... with very low lighting, with Lenin of course taking the bright spotlight, so the darkness makes it hard to navigate the various steps. Blair had previously seen the preserved bodies of Chairman Mao in Beijing and Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi, and thus Lenin has completed his trifecta of dead communist icons, with only Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang left to go. We'll save that one for the next trip.
We also hopped on a 2.5 hour river boat cruise, which was a lovely ...
... including questions like where you went to school, and listing everywhere you have travelled in the last 10 (yes ten) years, including the individual dates. Then we had to send our passports to the Russian embassy, and hope like hell that they sent them back. Luckily they did.
Following passport control, we met our transfer driver, and boy were we in for a rude shock. Essentially this guy drove like Mad Max, except without any driving skill and in a late '90’s ...
... to see. They are expecting us and show us past the dorms to what is their exec suite (although a world away form the Westin). After a quick tour of the hostel, we crash.......time for a little snooze.
Venturing out into Moscow we head to the Red Square and St Basil's Cathedral. It is an amazing site, very Hanzel and Gretal. Many snaps are taken. There are some athletes also out, taking a ...
... about Moscow, brightly painted and domed it sits at the bottom of Red Square towards the river. The RUM building is that old merchants hall but now houses upmarket shops and café’s, we had lunch in the upstairs canteen, backed potatoes and cheese, we must be getting close to home now.
On our evening walk we went to visit the Bolshoi theatre (outside only unfortunately) and further on to the old KGB Headquarters building at Lubyanka. We passed a ...
... balcony - YEH!!!
Bottle of bubbles delivered - YEH!!!
Wine o'clock celebrated - YEH!!!
Tasty evening meal - YEH!!!
Next few days excursions organised - YEH!!!
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