Trip Start May 24, 2007
25Trip End Jun 27, 2007
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PANCHO: We have been here several days now, and the most bothersome thing for me, is the inability to communicate. Here I am just learning the alphabet, so I still cannot read any of the signs and not many people speak English, even at McDonalds, which we thought would be s sure shot. By the way, we have a new respect for McDonalds. Their bathrooms are clean, as is the entire store, they are very busy but friendly and very attentive.(they also have good French fries) This lack of communication is a new experience for me. In our travels to Central and South America I was never aware of how important the ability to communicate is. I have noticed that it is hard to get a real feel for the country if I cannot communicate with the people. We naively went to Red Square and the Kremlin yesterday thinking we could find a guide or a tour there, but It was a holiday and they were preparing for some kind of a concert today so red square was closed and so was the Kremlin and there were police everywhere
A couple of nights ago we went to the new stage Bolshoi (the big house is still under renovation) and saw Giselle. We even managed to buy a ticket from a scalper and yes we were in the nosebleed section, which seemed appropriate with our level of knowledge regarding ballet. (It also was more aligned with our budget) After the performance we managed to find our way on the metro to the apartment we are staying in way on the outskirts of Moscow.
The first day in Moscow, Hans and Olga took us downtown to get us registered and for a brief orientation of downtown
Later we went to their summer house outside Moscow. Things are primitive there and she has relatives visiting so they found a place for us to stay and wwe have been on our own the finals of the for a few days. (We did manage to find a sports bar to watch the finals of the French Open.). Today we rejoin Hans and Olga and the adventure continues.