Monday, August 11, 2014

#dawsonstakerussia: Moscow

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! 
Our very first day was a success and so were the next seven. We walked around, I tried lots of Russian food, we visited the temples, rode the metro like we were locals -well, we did practically everything like we were locals. I got to know Moscow like it was the back of my hand and I wish I could go back and stay there longer.  We saw Lenin, they've got him in this dark-dark-dark room right in the middle in a glass encased casket so you could see him. You aren't allowed to take pictures or stop and look at him, you have to keep walking or the guards will yell at you -also, no smiling or talking. They take it pretty seriously. 


Up next, our trips to two of the cities that Brand served in and then Saint Petersburg! 

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32 comments:

  1. So jealous! What a fantastic trip. Russia is on my bucket list!

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  2. It is absolutely beautiful there. Congrats on your move... at least being better than an apartment!

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  3. Your pictures look amazing. Moscow looks so beautiful. And congrats on your move. So exciting!!

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  4. First. New house! SO fun. second. This trip looks like the best. Great photos.

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  5. You both look lovely! I love that one line especially 'These weren't American steps' LOL. brilliant. Moscow does look pretty special, I would like to go there. I can't believe it was so warm. Doesn't it get absolutely freezing?!

    Katie <3

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  6. These pictures are so beautiful and that looks like such a great place to visit!!

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  7. Wow!!! It looks like it was a fantastic trip!!! :-)

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  8. Wow, that thing about Lenin was a little bit creepy...O.o...But I still want to visit Moscow!

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  9. These pictures are GORGEOUS! I used to have some friends that lived in Russia, and it's been on my list of places to go someday ever since.

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  10. Lovely! Hopefully I'll visit Russia some day

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  11. What a BEAUTIFUL city - I would absolutely love to visit Russia someday! It's just so full of culture and history - exactly my type of trip!

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  12. My PhD supervisor is from Russia so I've always been interested in visiting as he speaks so fondly of it.

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  13. What gorgeous photos and a beautiful trip! I would love to go there -- St Basil's looks so ornate it almost looks fake. So fun to go back to Russia and see where your husband served. I hope you're having fun getting settled back into your new house :)

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  14. These pictures are amazing!! I've never been to Russia but it looks like it was an amazing trip!!

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  15. Looks like you had an amazing trip! I love that there are so many photos of you and your love! Can't wait to see your upcoming trips!

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  16. Wowza! Absolutely gorgeous! What an amazing trip!

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  17. Oh my gosh that architecture! Looks like it was a great trip :D

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  18. What a great opportunity! I really enjoyed all your pictures.

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  19. Very cool trip! Beautiful pictures! Looking forward to your next adventures.

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  20. I am glad you enjoyed your time in Russia! So cool that you got to go for a month and that your husband speaks the language : )

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  21. Great photos!! I want to go on a trip now!

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  22. Wow! Absolutely beautiful. I might have to add Russia to the list of countries I would like to visit.

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  23. What an amazing city and these pictures! Wow, what an experience this would be. Happy travels.

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  24. What a wonderful trip! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with us!

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  25. oh wow I love travelling and have always wanted to go to Moscow, the other half isn't too keen on it though so we've not made it there yet. One day!

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  26. that looks amazing!! i've never actually thought to have moscow on my list.. bc for some reason i always think of the harsh winters.. but it looks beautiful!

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  27. You have definitely had a busy summer! I love all the great pictures from Russia!

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  28. These photos are so beautiful! I especially love the gold topped building. Russia is somewhere that I've always wanted to visit, someday.

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  29. Russia?! How fun, I have a few friends from there, and I've always wanted to go and take photographs. You guys are so cute, It makes me happy!

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  30. AWW, it looks like you had such a blast and congrats on getting a house!! I have always wanted to go to Russia

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  31. Wow, what an amazing trip! I have Russian heritage, so I'd love to visit the country one day!

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  32. These pictures are stunning! What a beautiful place!

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