Trip Start Sep 14, 2006
169Trip End ??? ??, 2007
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Not many people at all speak English here, I got a Coke from a cafe and the woman asked me in English if I spoke any Russian after I replied "no", she just laughed!
Getting back to the hostel my tactic of sitting in the lounge waiting to be invited out to a restaurant with a group didn't take long to bear fruit
Back to the hostel around 10pm, and I met up with two other guys Steve and Lee who were heading back to Red Square for night photos. I went along too and was glad because it's great there that time of night. I got a great shot of St Basils as the other two were setting up the tripod. As they started to take shots with it, some KGB guy the size of a basketball player came and stood in front of the camera and demanded that we delete our pictures. It was the tripod that caused offence not the cameras so as I didn't use the tripod I played innocent and managed to keep my photos, while the other two had to delete in front of two new uniformed guards.
Back in my room I met two English girls who strangely already knew of my plans to go Moscow-Beijing. Hostels are great for talking about your journeys plans etc with fellow travellers, so it's no suprise when they talk about your plans amongst themselves. For example I put one guy Steve, in touch with another guy Lee who were both doing similar tours through siberia. Anyway, the Enlish girls are Jo and Lisa, they're on a two week holiday and we stayed up chatting before hitting the hay around two.