So, first let’s talk about how I’ve been on an month long blogging hiatus. July started with a big move for us, we moved into a house -not our house, we are renting so it’s not as glorious as it may seem, still better than an apartment though. After two weeks of being in the house, putting things away, and working, it was time for our trip to Russia. And that ‘s what took up the rest of our July.
Our first stop was in Moscow and I immediately fell in love with the city the moment I stepped off the plane. I was immediately immersed in the Russian language and I knew it was only the beginning of asking Brand “What does that say?!” questions. We headed to the train from the airport, to the metro, and from the metro to the hotel. The morning we arrived in Moscow one of the metro trains derailed – a train that was on one of the lines we used every day. And thus began our Moscow metro experience. Seriously though, I wish we had a metro in Glendale, it would be so much easier.
When we got to the hotel our first room came without air conditioning, and we weren’t about to suffer through sweaty nights, so we paid the extra $6 a night to sleep comfortably. I mean really, there was absolutely no way I was going to be able to sleep in a heat box. And Brand says that most Russians don’t have air conditioning. How is that possible? It just seems insane.
It wasn’t too long after we got our air conditioned room that we were ready to head out and explore the city. Our first stop was the obvious -Red Square, and the first picture we took? Right in front of my favorite building ever, Saint Basil’s. We walked around Red Square, found a bite to eat, walked around the whole Kremlin and over to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and then headed home for the night. By the time we got back to our hotel our feet were killing -I don’t think I’ve ever walked so much and gone up and down so many stairs in my whole life. And they aren’t American stairs, they are these short thick stairs, (if you go to the link and watch the video of the metro you will see what kind of stairs I’m talking about).
There were parks with statues, parks with green grass and big trees, bridges with edges you could sit on, and hills with the best kind of sunset views. We were constantly getting a bite to eat and then finding a nice shady spot of grass to sit on -by the way Moscow has the best kind of people watching ever!