Trip Start Jan 26, 2008
36Trip End Feb 29, 2008
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After breakfast it was back on the Metro for our trip to the Conference venue. The Metro is a great way to get around Moscow. Trains run about every 90 seconds so if you miss a train just relax for a minute and the next one will shortly appear. The only downside is that because the Metro is so busy, if you get into a stream of people heading for an exit or changing platform you have to keep moving or they will run right over you
Once we arrived at the Conference venue we went off to Lecture Stream 3 to wait my turn at the microphone. Stream 3 was running ahead of time again - the first speaker of the morning had failed to turn up and some of the presenters did not utilise their full 15 minutes. I made sure I filled all of my alloted time. I had apparently blinded my audience with science as they all remained mute when the chairwoman asked if anyone had any questions for me. I did have a chat to a German Vet during the tea break after my talk and also got some positive feedback from a Vet from Bristol who we ran in to at the tourist leaflet stand in the hotel foyer.
At lunchtime we headed out to see some sites. We headed back to the park that is near the Hotel venue, I can now let you know its name - Sokolniki Park - appropriate given that Sokolniki is also the name of the suburb. Apparently the Park was one of the first ones built in post revolution Moscow, there is a marble plaque commemorating something or other that Lenin did in 1918. We pointed at something in the window of a food-stall, which turned out to be a savory pastry thingy filled with some sort of tasty spiced potato filling.
Belle has been itching to visit the Izmailovsky Markets since we first read about them in the Moscow guide books while sitting in Borders at Highpoint, so we decided to try and find them
After we had finished exploring the market we again decided to try and find the open air market we were looking for - it is supposed to be the best place in Moscow to buy souvenirs
With no better ideas we decided to refer to the guide book again. This led to our discovery that we had got off at the wrong Metro station - we had gone one stop to far. The reason for this - there has been a change in station name. The guide book told us to get off at Izmailovsky Park Station, we had got off at Izmailovsky Station. Izmailovsky Park Station is now called Partizanskaya Station, hence our error. We decided to jump back on the train and head back to the station we should have been at. It was about 3:30pm at this stage and was starting to get a bit cooler and darker and we were both getting a little foot sore. Once we were back at street level at Partizanskaya station, we again could identify no crowd heading to the markets which we could follow
Back to the Conference Venue for the poster session. Huge thanks to Phil O'Loughlin who reprinted my poster on the Friday before I flew out. Poster looks very professional and certainly holds its head up high amongst its companion posters (forgive the anthropomorphism). The poster session went for an hour and a half. Turn out was a little disappointing - many of the Russians were in the trade display singing Russian folk songs and many of the other delegates had headed off to the theatre for the evening.
Back to Hotel Cosmos to put our feet up and feast on some Russian pizza for dinner.