Welcome to Mother Russia!
Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
171Trip End Oct 01, 2008
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I arrive downtown and despite the intense security surrounding the Red Square (I'm talking about tanks and squadrons of army troops) I'm somehow able to walk right in with all my bags in tow... didn't get checked once and when my bags set off the metal detectors they just waved me right in.
There is a huge village set up for the Champions League Finals between Manchester United and Chelsea and I walk around the entire area and take in the sights before heading to the metro to make my meeting with Svetlana.
On the way to meet Svetlana, I do a tour of the Moscow metro which is quite an impressive relic of the Soviet period.
I stop at about five or six different stations and each one is completely unique, and while some are nicer than others, they are all very well maintained!
We get to Svetlana's place and do dinner with her and her mother. The food is good and we have a great conversation before I fall asleep faster than a Soviet missile based in Cuba...