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Our next contact with Moscow Greeters was with a lady named Vera. Today, she arrived at the hotel to show us around. Vera had arranged for her son, Seva and husband, Oleg, to join us. What a great day we had. Seva is 10 and learning English and husband Oleg is an engineer and very keen photographer - 2 cameras …
On Friday, we were treated to a Moscow Greeters tour with our guide, Maria. Our guide - and the tour she gave us, were fantastic. Maria showed us some of the old streets of Moscow with their history and old buildings and the Embassy area, not far from where we are staying. Then on to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, a church …
After 5 hours on a plane with some very drunk Russians, meeting our driver was a relief. Then we had a Moscow traffic experience - couple of hours in stop start traffic, no actual lane marking most of the way, no seat belts, random lane changes, and stops for a smoke (our driver). Great guy but we had no Russian and he had no English …
... Our highlight for today was seeing Kolomenskoe Park. It has wooden churches that used to stand in Karelia (part of Russia, in the North, near North Finland), they were taken down and rebuilt in Moscow so people here could appreciate it (apparently they were more important). At the very edge of the park there was also Tsar Alexander's summer cottage which looks like a mix between a palace and a giant log cabin. Pretty ...
... then to cut it short. Another hour now and off to Nuremberg via Dusseldorf. Tonight we are going with a large group to watch Manchester United v Real Madrid. I've loaded up my google translation app with some important German phrases. Germany here I come. More from the air or my final destination. Flight delayed. Might not make connection in Dusseldorf. Could miss the futbol match. Probably will so i am already expecting that outcome. Bummer! Worse things ...
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