I'm just going to make a big post about everything about Moscow and everything from Saturday to Monday.
|Ferry Ride on the Moscow River|
|One of the ornate Metro stations|
|Obelisk in Victory Park|
|Fireworks Behind the Museum|
of the Great Patriotic War, in
honor of Border Guards Day
Moscow, Russia, 5/29/2016
|One of the government buildings|
in the GULAG system where suspects
were imprisoned during investigation
|One of the many parks one happens|
upon when wandering Moscow
|My new soccer-playing friends|
We finished the day by walking through Moscow State University, the best school in the country. The campus was giant and was settled on a hill that overlooked the whole city, right next to a huge park we got to hike through. As we were walking, we ran into a huge group of young boys (probably around 10) in soccer uniforms, all of whom were amused by our language and accent, and I managed to befriend a bunch of them (both parties made poor attempts at speaking the other's language). After exploring a bit we took the metro back to Red Square and meandered back to our hostel. Another great day
|Moscow State University|
Moscow, Russia 5/30/2016
|The gang waiting in line to get into the Kremlin|
|Selfie from atop the bell tower|
in line to finally explore the inside of the Kremlin. The Moscow Kremlin is enormous; there were at least six churches, the enormous Senate building, and acres of fields and gardens. Because we were up early, we got the chance to climb the tallest bell tower there and see everything from the center; you could see most of the city, too, and all the cathedrals. The square was a display of history, with buildings built anywhere from the 14th century to the 17th
missing information. This is the kind of thing I love, of course, because my favorite thing to do in new places is to break off and explore alone. I walked around the square for a while (in the Assumption Cathedral I followed a French tour group for about ten minutes and was very proud that I understood about 75% of what the guide was saying) and then spent the rest of the time exploring the lush gardens on the outside. At the end we got to just sit in the gardens and sketch our surroundings, a nice moment of peace at the end of a hectic weekend. After we went to one last delicious Moscow lunch (where we had an amazing chocolate brownie dessert, it was so expensive but so worth it) before going back to the hostel and taking the train home. I got back to my apartment around dinner, and spent the rest of the night relaxing with Polly.
|Top: a couple of historic artifacts on the square in the Kremlin|
Middle: The bell tower we climbed and one of the churches, many other churches in the background
Bottom: The view from the tower; where Putin at?