Striking Out On My Own

Trip Start Apr 18, 2010
Trip End Jul 07, 2010

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Rus Hotel

Flag of Russia  , Central Russia,
Friday, July 2, 2010

After starting out my day with another fantastic free breakfast buffet at the hotel, I decided to strike out on my own and explore the city. Well, I won't be totally on my own. For the past several months I've been corresponding with a couple really nice Russian women who I will be meeting downtown and spending some time with. But since my hotel is on the outskirts of the city, first I need to figure out how to get there.

It's very strange walking around and not understanding one single word of anything written anywhere. And I'm not talking about foreign words like french or italian, this is written using the Cyrillic alphabet so it looks like you're on another planet! There is no way to figure it out. The only way to get where you want to go is by carefully studying a map and planning everything out in advance. I counted the number of subway stops to my destination, so all I had to do was get on the right subway car going in the right direction, and count the stops. I found that method to be pretty easy for the most part, but I did get on the wrong car a couple of times.

After getting off the subway in downtown I treated myself to my first Russian Hot Dog! While I was eating my hot dog I could not help but be amazed at how many beautiful Russian women there were all around me. Metro stations seem to be a particular hotspot. I finally met up with Elena, the Russian woman I was going to meet, and we drove around the city and ended up going to Pushkin Square for a nice dinner and drinks at the Pushkin Cafe. We had a great time.

The next day I headed back to the city center to check out Red Square. And let me tell you, it's definitely much bigger than it looks in photos or on television. There are so many things to see here! I didn't know where to begin! But it was kinda getting late in the afternoon already so I didn't have enough time to really go into any museums or anything so I spent my day checking out the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Lobnoye Mesto, and the Iberian Gate where I made a customary wish in the circle at the Point of Zero Kilometers.
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