I condensed my trip to Moscow because I wasn't sure I wanted to go there and I thought it might be dangerous. I was wrong on both counts. It's a fascinating place and wished I'd spent longer, and at no time did I feel the slightest bit unsafe.
Helsinki to Moscow
So far I hadn’t been sleeping well, so I was tired. I got to the airport too early but then had time for a nap and coffee/pastries at Moonin Coffee. Moonin is a set of cartoon characters loved by Finns, I guess. I can’t tell if they are cute or creepy.
I got to Moscow and found my AeroTrain to town. Then I found the Metro station and bought a Troika card for three days. Then I had to figure out how to get to my Metro stop and hotel myself. It was a major accomplishment of my life! Reading the Russian is so hard, but soon I started sounding out words.
I ate chicken ramen for dinner in a restaurant in the hotel and spent an exhausting few hours trying to get a SIM card in my phone. Success! I love having navigation and SMS while traveling. I’d say it’s a required safety feature now.
Day 1 with Katya
Today I got organized for my tour with Katya and we did so many great things on my list. We saw Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Hotel Metropol, The Bolshoi, GUM Shopping Mall, had a fancy coffee at a shop across the way, Winzavod, the industrial district turned artist colony. Then we saw the park and she left me to see the Kremlin, crown jewels, and St. Basil’s.
Day 2 with Katya
Museum of Cosmonauts and the VDNA park around it. The Armenian cultural center with coffee, brandy, and baklava. Asian art museum. Metro tour. Gulag Memorial Museum. Walk to river.
Sleeping Beauty Ballet at Bolshoy Theatre
Garage Museum at Gorky Park
New Tretrakov Gallery at Gorky Park
Dinner Cruise on Moscow River - it was cold and the play was dumb, write yelp review