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... of differing architectural styles set amongst pedestrian boulevards and fountains. It was begun in the 1930's and expanded in the 1950's and was intended to impress visitors of the success of the Soviet economic system.
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... and we quickly moved on. Elsewhere we found a nice cafe with Georgian cuisine at prices the locals can afford. The afternoon was again spent wandering with a vague agenda to buy a gift for Fay from Moscow. After much wandering, packing up and leaving the hotel for good we caught the metro to Kievskaya and surfaced at Kievsy Vokzal for our trip to Kyiv and Ukraine. We were both slightly apprehensive. Bata was unsure how much her Russian would ...
Next up was a slightly less cheerful museum but just as interactive. At the Gulag Museum we got to sit in a reconstructed dorm room on hard wooden bunk beds wearing Russian fur hats and padded winter jackets. The displays here were in English but that just meant we could understand the brutally depressing stories of those sent to the gulags. I can now see why Dostoyevsky said you can tell a lot about a society from the way it treats its prisoners.
... other (oldest and original one) on Wednesday. That day should be great though as we are being looked after by a freelance Russian gardening journalist who loves our delphs and has promoted them with multi page articles in the "Moscow Gardener" (twice now) and become a friend in the process. She is also taking us home for dinner and to stay the night before dropping us at the airport to fly to Toronto on Thursday All for now ...
... something new every day. Here's a link: http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/ wiki100k/docs/Arabic_numerals.html
It's important to mention that I usually travel without a set plan or tour, so much of my experiences and knowledge often come by discovery. So, for this trip, I arrive with a backpack of clothes and toiletries, a computer, a book on Russian Communism (Why Lenin, Why ...