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... however, for example at service staff, did almost uniformly, get warm smiles in response. We got to the Bolshoi Theatre and Red Square without too much trouble, and I hoped that Nikon's weather sealing lived up to its reputation, as I took photos in the steady drizzle. An interesting quirk of Moscow's streets, at least the ones we had to cross - most crossing of roads is via underpasses, with very few on-road crossings. The alternative is jaywalking, which is a ...
OK today was slightly better, although thats not saying much. I had bought some bread and bananas for breakfast from the shop last night, but it was only this morning that I discovered that the hostel didn't have a toaster! What the??? Surely any place that says it has a fully equipped kitchen would have a toaster? So I had to content myself with bread and butter and a banana for breakfast. Overall I can't say I particularly like this hostel. The staff never seem to ...
... the Russians doing the same to them. They had drills in school for what to do during nuclear war as well, and it made me think about how much fear of "the enemy" is put out by our governments, when the enemy could be just as fearful as us. And how quickly it changes from a country being our ally in the war to being our enemy. Then, going to the back burner when our focus shifts to the middle east. You have to wonder where it will shift next.
Speaking of WWII, we ...
... translate and organize our needed tickets. Ready to go! You should know though that there is no English signage on the lines we went on. Exciting! So we created our own system by counting the cyrillics or studying the words like "starts with an A and ends with an A". We managed to get on the circle line and then randomly got on and off the stations, which seemed worth a picture. It was great fun and we developed just the right timing of getting off a train, taking pictures in 90 seconds ...
... I'm getting a bit better with stations I use a lot, but even there, I've made mistakes when acting fast, proudly believing I read it right, only to find myself headed back to the station where I started out. But given the speed and frequency of the trains, I doubt that I have ever lost more than five minutes or so.
Update now that I have found this site:
It repeats more thoroughly what I ...