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... by the priest, and all the while people walk to the front to kiss icons, to cross extensively, to kneel, and sometimes to bow and touch their head to the ground. And all join in at certain moments in singing. Nobody has a book. All know the service by heart.
As with the orthodox Easter service, there is an unorganized order. People come and go. No need to be on time, or to wait till the end.
Earlier, we stumbled upon ...
... Anastasia finds our entrance and we pass through the security and find the cloakroom which is the size of our lounge and Roger's kitchen living area. High vaulted ceilings its like stepping back in time. Roger and Prue change into posh clothes I decide not to but hire some opera glasses. People are dressed from the fabulous, full blacktie apparel to jeans and tee shirts. We find the bar, ornate and loely and turn down the verve cliquot and moet at NZ45 ...
The sunshine was back !
It lifted my spirits after still being awake at 3am.
I couldn't find my ear plugs and I could hear two people in the lounge just outside my room talking.
As I'm staying in a Capsule Hostel, snoring seems to echo and magnify.
And as they're made from Fibre Glass, every time someone moves, the capsule creeks loudly.
Needless to say at 3.15am, I'd had enough and went through my backpack looking ...
A big day yesterday, yes, it was all about us! (Technically speaking, this whole blog is also all about us...) Thank you to everyone for your kind words and congratulations. We spent this morning on Email, Skype, Text getting everyone up to date on our big news, so we appreciate you all lavishing praise and occasional insult upon us!
Eventually headed out about 1130 to go to a ...
... There was very little in terms of signs and information, in Russian let alone English, so we spent the day just walking and looking. The Red Square was 'not as big as I thought' said Paul, but St Basil's Cathedral was stunning and the sheer size of the red brick wall around the kremlin was impressive. A good luck activity of throwing a coin over your shoulder on a particular spot was funny to watch, as no sooner had the coin hit the floor but one of ...