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  • Day5

    To Russia With Love!

    June 12, 2017 in Russia

    A quick trip on the efficient S-Bahn (suburban railway) to Berlin's Ostbahnhof Station for the next keg if my journey - the 22 hour trip on the Berlin to Moscow sleeper train. I was pleasantly surprised at the sleek modern (Spanish built) train and the immaculate stewards positioned to welcome us at each carriage. Our steward was Viktor Gorbachev (no relation) who spoke little English but was very helpful. I was in a 4 berth cabin - 4 daytime seats which converted into 4 comfortable sleeping berths, with sheet, duvet and pillow. I had 4 travelling companions - two men from Germany, and a father and his toddler daughter who shared a berth - literally four men and a little lady! The wee girl was very sweet and didn't cry or make a noise all night. She was delighted when I gave her a little compact mirror with a Scottish design and kept showing it to me. Well, it was either that or a miniature of Grouse!

    As my travelling companions tucked into their black bread sandwiches a smoked sausage picnics, I ventured to the dining car - a bright modern compartment with good views of the surrounding scenery - aren't these German / Polish / Belarusian/ Russian trees beautiful! I met an Australian couple - Rob and Merril - from Lennox! New South Wales. They were hoteliers who owned their own hotel / pubs and were great fun - we hit it off and spend several hours chatting. The menu looked interesting until we were advised most things were 'aff', so dinner was Borsch (beetroot soup), black bread and a chicken Caesar salad, washed down with a German beer (no Tennents here, Dad!).

    We traveled though Germany and slipped into Poland, taking on more passengers in Warsaw. I was in the lower bunk and dozed off to sleep, only to be woken by Viktor at 3.30am telling us we were approaching the border with Belarus. This involved us all getting up, completing an immigration card, and looking out our papers as Custom and Border Control officials inspected us. After about an hour, the train rolled over a bridge a few hundred metres into Belarus, where we had to go though the same procedure with the Belarusian authorities. So after about 2 hours we were allowed to go on our way and my fellow Russian companions, who only spoke to me in German, instructed me 'mehr schlaf' (more sleep). I dutifully returned to my bunk and slept for 4 hours. Father and daughter got off in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, which gave us much more space in view of the amount of luggage they had.I joined my Aussie friends for breakfast - the menu hadn't increased, but a pale-looking ham and cheese omelette and coffee sufficed. In spite of our delays at the border, the train rolled into Moscow's Belorussky Station dead on time. One of my German travelling companions asked if I had a 'Frau' in Moscow. Sadly I said I didn't, but he proudly exclaimed he did. She met him at the station and I thought initially she was his daughter or granddaughter, but the passionate embrace indicated otherwise. She was a lovely young women with good English, who insisted on driving me to my hotel. This saved me the ordeal of negotiating the Moscow Metro with my luggage and I was extremely grateful.

    The small hotel Sadovnicheskaya was beautifully decorated and the young man on reception recommended a good Russian restaurant nearby. I had a hearty meal of Solyanka soup, black bread, beef stroganoff, mashed potatoes and cabbage - delicious - and washed down with a small jug of ice cold vodka. Well, when in Rome...
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  • Day6

    Red Rob

    June 13, 2017 in Russia

    What a huge city Moscow is - so many grand buildings, columns, turrets and golden onion domes. I managed to get a Russian SIM card and the young girl in the mobile phone shop kindly put it in for me (so to speak!). I then braved the famous Moscow underground - much deeper than ours at home, but very grand stations. I had a lovely walk around the centre - did you spot Max at the Bolshoi? The weather was not so good today and when heavy rain came on I decided to try out one of Moscow's top recommendations- a Russian banya or bath house. The Sanduny banya is the oldest and most luxurious in the city (check their website What an experience - the rooms were so hot you had to wear a felt hat - and the ice cold plunge pools must have had water piped from Siberia. To finish off I went for the traditional beating with birch leaves. I was allowed to keep my hat and birch leaves as a souvenir!

    With the rain now off, I had a lovely walk round Red Square - such fabulous buildings. Did you spot Max at St Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin? I call him Karl Max here. My walk continued along the Moscow River to the colossal statue of Peter the Great - breathtaking, finishing up at Gorky Park. Knackered and ready for bed!
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  • Day63

    Yeah! We are in Moscow now. The night in the bus was not really relaxing so we started with a power nap in our hostel. After that we walked to the Kreml and Red Square to look around. It is really amazing to see all this!

    Juhuu jetzt sind wir in Moskau. Die Busfahrt letzte Nacht war nicht wirklich entspannend, aber immerhin hatte jeder Sitz einen eigenen Fernseher so wurde es nicht langweilig. In Moskau haben wir uns dann aber erstmal noch ein paar Stunden schlafen gelegt, bevor wir dann dem Kreml und dem Roten Platz ein erstes Mal besucht haben.Read more

  • Day66

    This morning we started with the sunrise at 5am to be the first at Basilius Cathedral to take a picture without any other tourists. We made it!

    Heute Morgen sind wir bereits um 5 Uhr morgens zum Roten Platz aufgebrochen. Wir wollten uns die Basilius Kathedrale ohne andere Touristen ansehen und es ist uns gelungen.

  • Day5

    Eerste dagen in Moskou

    September 7 in Russia

    Maandagavond arriveren we laat in de avond in Moskou. Een Europese stad maar niet met de reisvoorbereiding van een doorsnee stedentrip.

    Het is prachtig nazomerweer. Genieten geblazen. De eerste indruk van Moskou is: grootst, elegant, modern, bijzonder schoon en veel pracht en praal. Rijkdom met een vleugje geheimzinnigheid.

    Soms wanen we ons in Parijs, dan weer in Praag, Londen en dan komt het besef dat we in Rusland zijn: zesbaanswegen door de stad, fonteinen, metrostations als kleine paleizen, statige gebouwen, politiek georiënteerd, dure (geblindeerde) zwarte auto's en geen vriendelijke glimlach bij het ontbijt.

    We bezoeken het Kremlin, het Rode Plein, mooie grootse parken, uitkijkpunten, wijken en de Saint Basil's Cathedral. De dagen vliegen voorbij.

    En zo vormen wij ons tussen al het pracht en praal langzaam in de backpacking-modus. Met gedeelde badkamer en dagelijks op zoek naar goedkope flessen water (geen terrasjes), bananen, voorverpakte broodjes en in de avond een Stolovaya, een typische Russische budget keukenkantine.

    Vanavond vertrekken we om 23:45 met de Trans-Siberian Express, die ons in ruim 3 dagen en 4 nachten non-stop naar de eerste bestemming in Siberië zal brengen.
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  • Day65

    Im Kreml

    August 8 in Russia

    Some impressions from inside the Kremlin. We did not went in in any buildings because of very long queues almost everywhere.

    Ein paar Eindrücke vom inneren des Kremls. Wir waren nicht in den Gebäuden und Kirchen, weil die Schlangen doch ziemlich lang waren.

  • Day5

    Wilkommen in Berlin!

    June 12, 2017 in Russia

    What a lovely day I have had in Berlin. The sun was shining all day and it was a hot 28 degrees C. I got up early at 7am and after a quick breakfast in the hotel I set off on a morning walking tour. Being early on a a Sunday morning it was really quiet and within a short time I had crossed the River Spree and arrived at the Reichstag - another building where mum, dad, Campbell and I climbed to the top of the Norman Foster designed glass dome. Then to the symbol of Berlin - the Brandenburg Gate - can you spot a tiny Max in the photo?

    A walk though the haunting Memorial to the Murdered Jews was thought provoking as was the nearby Memorial to the persecuted LGBT community. The Tiergarden park was beautiful in the morning sunshine. Then a walk along the famous Unter Der Linden street to Berlin Cathedral and I watched the river boats plying around Museum Island. A good spot for a selfie I thought, until my camera fell over the wall of the bridge to the riverbank below! In spite of the crash, it still seems to be working, although it's a little dented. Thank goodness I didn't bring my good Canon.

    It was so hot I decided to hop on a City Tour bus which gave a great overview of Berlin - the Victory Column, Checkpoint Charlie, Potsdamer Platz, Kurfürstendamm, Kaiser William Memorial Church, and a remaining segment of the Berlin Wall. I arrived back just as a huge cycle event was taking place - literally thousands of bikes brought all the main roads to a standstill in some kind of Green statement - wonderful to see.

    In the afternoon I decided to go to a matinee show of the Disney musical - The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Although it was in German I was able to follow (most of) the story. It really was a great show with some super performances and moving scenes. It got a standing ovation at the end and I wonder why it has never been to the West End or Broadway.
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  • Day64

    Juri Gagarin was the first man in space, so today we visited a museum to see the Russian space travel history. It wasn't the best museum we have seen but all in all it was fine.

    Juri Gagarin war der erste Mensch im All. Man hat das Gefühl, dass er hier noch sehr verehrt wird. Wir haben uns die Geschichte der russischen Raumfahrt heute etwas näher angesehen und auch wenn das Museum größtenteils nur auf russisch war, gab es doch einiges zu entdecken. Es war definitiv nicht das beste Museum was wir je besucht haben, aber gelohnt hat es sich trotzdem.Read more

  • Day64

    Lenin Park

    August 7 in Russia

    The Lenin Park is located in the north of Moscow. It is a park with a lot of cool buildings and of course a statue of Lenin. It was fun walking through there!

    Der Lenin Park ist im Norden von Moskau gelegen und hat neben viel grün vor allem auch einige sehr schöne Gebäude. Es hat wirklich Spaß gemacht hier entlang zu laufen.

  • Day65

    Spielwaren & Süßigkeiten

    August 8 in Russia

    We found a very cool toy store with a lot of funny things. Even a helicopter was in there. A few meters away from this store there was a very cool candy store and of course we needed to try some.

    Eigentlich waren wir auf der Suche nach einem Supermarkt, aber wir haben ein kleines Spieleparadies gefunden. Der Laden hatte sogar einen Hubschrauber in dem man Pilot spielen konnte. Sehr witzig! Ein paar Straßen weiter gab es dann noch ein Süßigkeitenparadies und hier mussten wir natürlich auch zuschlagen!

    Kapitel sehr nützliches Wissen: Die Ü-Eier sind hier tatsächlich günstiger als in Deutschland. Top!
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Moskva, Moskau, Moscow, Moscú, Moscou, Maskva, Moskou, Moskovu, Москва

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