In London April Is A Spiring Month
In London April Is A Spiring Month
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Date: 03-2005

... where in Moscow we are freezing our butts off. Well, I should have better listen to Pierce Brosnan . It is very cold and windy with -10 to -14 degrees Celsius. It is usually like this for 6 to 8 month a year. How do people survive here? My Australien college remarked "Who had the idea to build a city here?". No wonder that I was told independently by several Russian residents that some people in West-Europe think "it is all year very cold in Moscow and there a lots of bears in the streets". I do not know where the get this idea from but for the time being the are right. For the bears that are mostly teddy bears in the metropolis with a population of 13 million - as you can see. We arrived at 19:00 just on time at Sheremetyevo II (Шеремтьево) the old international airport around 30 km north of Moscow. Moscow has three major airports. Sheremetyevo I is the domestic airport and Domodedovo located 48 km south is a modern airport. It was still -7°C but I had no winter cloth. Back home after a long winter snow finally melted home and spring temperature raised at 15°C. So I was assuming that the same would happened in Moscow but that was a big mistake. There were 200 people at the passport control on ten queue. It took 59 minutes to pass. But that was mainly due to the dump tourist who where not able to fill in the entry form. Something you have to do in any foreign country. Alexander picked me up. And the parking lot was so crowded we had to wait another two hours to pass the parking cash point. You pay 70 rubles per hour - that is 2 EUR - and even for the wait time too. He said I should arrive in Domodedovo airport next time it is much more modern and faster. Moscow is a lively city. Packed with people and casinos. But the wait gave us time for some small talk. A one room apartment near the outside of Moscow cost 300USD per month 50000 to buy 10k down-payment. Older people have inherited apartments from the Soviet time. A computer specialist earns 1000 USD per month. 500USD for normal it specialist. Alexander told me that some young people think it was better in Soviet times and he told me a story when he was ha boy he had to stand in to queue for 8 hours to get 5 kg of sugar. We pass the Agip petrol station. It was the first foreign petrol station Moscow. It opened in 1989, still in Soviet times. The remarkable thing was that It was famous at the times because it had, unlike the government stations, a always a continues supply of petrol. I finally arrived at my apparent. It was -10°C and I was dressed for spring. I went through the neighbourhood to get something to eat. But first I had to change money. I doubt that this was possible at 10'o clock in the night. But surprisingly I found a open currency exchange office. I graped a slice of pizza and some beer. t gets finally around zero and more acceptable. I went to the read square by metro. I was told about a funny commercial: It was about Hans Schmal from München, a German who visited Moscow. He was very afraid because everything was so unfamiliar. He wanted to make photos form train station but all people stept into his picture he and when he needed a taxi an ambulance stopped. He was very scarred. In Moscow, She explained, any can stop and serve as a taxi. He was very afraid until and a bar he got a BOCHKA? beer which tasted delicious even better then all the German beers. The commercial ends saying Hans saying the German words "Das ist fantastisch!" (that is fantastic) which is now a common saying. In fact I have seen this in the newspaper. So much to Hans Schmal from Munich. Moscow is the city of money - every body has a job in the finance business, is bookkeeper, auditor, finance manager ... You find exchange shops anywhere and an incredible number of casinos, banks and business centers. Near Pushkinskaja square we went in the restaurant L... near the Dumma - the Moscow government. It is a nice Russian restaurant. I had beef Stroganov and mashed potatoes. Today the weather turns bad again. With temperatures just above zero we got allot of snow and snow-rain. The streets turn into a brown and gray mess and it is not much pleasure to walk. Nevertheless, after the lessons, the class went down the center to a Restaurant called Mu-Mu. The class that is me and Anke. It is a sort buffet but with no self service - the waitress put the stuff on you plate. I got some Bosch - a Russian soup, ..... for 367 RUR ( 10 EUR) I got a delicious and complete meal. We went down the famous old ARBAT (АРБАТ). It is a famous old shopping street full of tourist shops. I went to the space center Kosmonautiki at the Metro station VNDH (ВНДХ) The space center has only a view examples and was rather small. The space center belongs to many pavilions which used to be the industrial exhibition of Soviet industries. There is a old Tipolev jet aircraft and a original ... rocket rather decayed. We looked for another space pavilion. The pavilions still show the names but inside are only kiosks for sale. The electronics pavilion shows a map of Soviet electronic industries but done a cat exhibition and some kiosks, a picture of the change in the Russia. and the decay of Soviet Union. Cathedral of Christ the Savior is Russia’s biggest cathedral. It was demolished by the Bolsheviks in 1931 to clear space for their own intended main monument, the giant Palace of the Soviets. The Palace of Soviets was planned to be the largest building in the world. Its height was to reach 415 metres - higher than the tallest buildings of the time, the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building. The construction of the Palace of Soviets was designate a priority project in 1934, and by 1939 the foundations of the upper part were completed. Construction was suspended in 1941 because of the war and never resumed, and the foundation later was filled with one of the world's largest open-air swimming pools (1960-1993). To symbolize beginning of a new , post-Soviet era, in the mid-1990s the Cathedral has been resurrected again in instead of the pool. Walking from the Red Square over the ?? bridge and turning to the right I reached the small park which is very popular for weddings on weekends. Remarkable are the sculptures by Mihail Chemiakin's build in 2001 and called: Children - Victims of the Sins of Adults.

Greetings from the North

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If you can read Cyrillic letters going by metro is fairly easy. Their are 10 lines and each line has a color and a number. You can not rely on the colors as similar colors are written in the same color. Like wired, brown and Orange, light brown/gray line is written in brown. Line 5 (brown) is the circle line. Metro works with a magnet card you get 10 for 105 RUR and 2 trip cards for 26 RUR. Once inside you can change trains as often as you like/need. On knot-points where several lines cross each of the stations has a different name. E.g where line 2, 7 and 9 cross each the station of line 7 is called Pushkinskaja, of line 2 Tverskaja and of line 9 Chehovskaja. After you went down with the escalator there is a sign with stations showing the names of destinations of the metro on the left and right side. You pick the station you want to go to and to the perron it points to. To verify you look at the opposite side of the rails where the station name is written. During the ride stations are announced. At the destination you look for выход which means exit to the city. If you want tho change lines on transfer station you look for переводить which mean "transfer" and there is the number of the line written and the color if you are lucky. Now you have a 5 minutes walk and choose your destination from the board and go left and right.

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