To Mongolia

Trip Start Apr 09, 2007
Trip End Jun 14, 2007

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Were about 3 hours away from our train departing...

Yesterday we went back into the city. We stopped at red square first, and it was closed again. So we went to the Kremlin. Not really that exciting. Took all the required picture. Biggest bell in the world, a bunch of churches, bla, bla. Were pretty sure we saw condoleeza rice pulling in as we left, too. After the Kremlin, we decided to try to find the travel agency where we needed to pick up our train tickets. We found without too much trouble, but couldnt figure out how to get in the building, so we went and bought a phone card so we could call them. Before that we went to McDonalds. Not just any McDonalds though, the first McDonalds ever opened in Russia. Im sure we all remember it from the news. It is also the largest McDonalds in Europe, possibly the world. It seats over 700, and has 27 cash registers. And despite of all that every register had a line at least 3 deep and we had trouble finding a table. Its crazy how much they love Mcdonalds here. Everyone weve been too (mostly to use the bathroom) has been absolutely jam packed. After a tasty Big Mac, we went to the travel agency and collected our train tickets. The rest of the day we spent walking around and right as we were about to leave, they opened red square. We went in, got a bunch of pictures and then came back to the hotel and got some dinner and drinks. Another word about the elevators, they dont have that automatic open thing in the doors, so if you happen to be trying to get in when its closing, it will just close on you...I almost lost an arm once.

Today, we went back into the city and basically sat in the park all day reading. Apparently they dont like when you sit on the grass, cause some horse cops came and kicked us off the grass. Now were waiting for the luggage room to open so we can get our stuff and head to the train station.

I guess this train trip will be alot like when we were deployed and the 3 of us shared a tiny room on a boat for 6 months...except this time well have booze.

Dont expet to hear from me for the next 6 days, im pretty sure the trains dont have internet.
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