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My first day in eRepublik

Moscow, Russia


Russia is gone!!!
The vikings (Norway) have conquered Russia yesterday.
I guess I will move from this country in a few days.
We'll keep in touch.


permalink written by  erepublik on May 9, 2008 from Moscow, Russia
from the travel blog: Trip to eRepublik
tagged Erepublik, Russia and Moscow

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Trans Siberian Irkutsk-Moscow

Moscow, Russia


77 hours on a train, and it all went smoother than clockwork...

We got on and spent an hour remarking how much better the train was than the Mongolia one had been... The "Baikal" is a gem amongst Trans-Siberian/Mongolian/Manchurian trains. Clean, spacious and comfortable are 3 good words to describe it... We got on and Natasha was getting her stuff ready with her daughter. The daughter disembarked before the train left and we ended up with 3 people out of 4 in the carriage but by the time we had woken up the next day a 4th member had been added... He didn't speak for 24 hours...

His name was Aleksei and lived somewhere near Moscow, that's all he said when Adam tried to engage him in a conversation.

We settled into a routine, we read, slept, ate, drank, visited the dining car, I watched a movie on the laptop (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, VERY GOOD!!!), and then all of a sudden 77 hours later we arrived...

We bumped into a couple of lads that we had met at the station in UlaanBataar, an English and a Hawaiian (Blonde haired and blue eyed, I didn't even ask him about Hawaii football as he didn't look genuine enough) lad... On the final night we had a few beers and a couple of shots of Vodka in true Russian style... They tasted like crap, but it was a great time...

We got off the train, Adam spent 25 minutes looking for the subway station, and it turned out that it was right next to where I was waiting for him... Oops!

We got to the apartment... Beautiful place, our landlady is a Russian lady that used to live in Sydney! Grouse chick, she really took care of us...

Went out to a bar (as it was Thursday night) called BB Kings, we sat next to where Faith No More had signed the wall, and all Canadians will be happy to know that BRIAN ADAMS ate at the same table as ME!

permalink written by  Big_T on September 4, 2008 from Moscow, Russia
from the travel blog: Big_T's Travel Blog
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Moscow Day 1

Moscow, Russia


As we got up early, we decided to walk the 20 minutes down to the Kremlin and Red Square. We noticed the same as yesterday, Moscow is a stunningly beautiful city... Some amazing architecture, stunningly beautiful old streets and laneways, but the customer service throughout Russia is abysmal, but boys, you all need to visit Russia!!! BOYS! You NEED to visit this place...

We get to The Entrance for the Kremlin at just about 12:15pm and it is open until 5:00 for visiting, but we ended up waiting until 2:30 for entry tickets... That Russian customer service again... We had to take the audi tour things and have them back by 4:00, so the 5 hours we had have become an hour and a half, but we had also bought tickets to the armory where the Faberge eggs and the Czars collections are kept. These tickets are also good till 4:00pm... You see our problem? We ended up seeing both for about 30 minutes a piece...

Dinner was at a Georgian restaurant... You know Georgia, that place Russia recently attacked? That place... The food was phenomenal! A kind of Russian Mediterranean blend that tasted very good. Adam had chicken, I had veal, and we were all happy! Adam has had some toe issues for a few days and today it was causing him some problems, so we had an early night, and I had a few beers in the house...

I have almost achieved my mini project. That is, drinking all 10 varieties of Baltika (a great Russian brew...) I have drunk the #3,4,5,6,7,8,9. I have seen a 0 but I am looking for the #1, and 2... If you can get it, #8 is the best! It's reminiscent of some quality Belgian brews...

Tomorrow morning we are off to see the embalmed corpse of Lenin and see the rest of Moscow... Then in the evening, the train to Helsinki and some non-communist countries!

permalink written by  Big_T on September 5, 2008 from Moscow, Russia
from the travel blog: Big_T's Travel Blog
tagged Beer, Moscow, Baltika and GeorgianFood

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Moscow Day 2

Moscow, Russia


We showed up at the Red Square for the second day straight only to again see it closed up with heavy metal gates that reminded us of what the ter Iron Curtain meant. So no corpse viewing, this means that we missed out on seeing both corpses that we wanted to see (Mao Tse Tung in Beijing and Lenin in Moscow)... Very very disappointing...

So we sat down and discussed our options, and we decided that to try and get a sneak peak at the square from the back would be the best option, so we walked around until we found somewehere for lunch, ate and then continued walking around the square. Walked for about 2 hours and then went to a pub for 6.

Adam went easy on it because of his injury, I was uninjured so i didn't bother to go easy and we got to watch 3 games of soccer with almost no goals, but i didn't mind beacause I celebrated each 15 minute interval with a beer...

That evening at 10:50PM we boarded the train to Helsinki for a 15 hour train trip. A walk in the park after the last one...

permalink written by  Big_T on September 6, 2008 from Moscow, Russia
from the travel blog: Big_T's Travel Blog
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Nuart, Moscow, ID - 05/08/10

Moscow, United States


So It's been a while, but there were two more shows to conclude the Spring tour of our 2010 Tour blog. I will keep the posts short and let the pictures do the talking. This was at the Nuart Theater in Moscow, ID. It was us and The Nameless. Fun show. We roamed Main Street before the show and found some hilarious suff!!



permalink written by  Jake Jones on May 8, 2010 from Moscow, United States
from the travel blog: We As Human Tour/Show Blog, Spring 2010
tagged We, Moscow, Band, Idaho, WeAsHuman, As and Human

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Москва!!

Moscow, Russia


Привет всё! (Hello everyone)

I'm finally able to get online and update this. There's so much to tell! My flights went very well. The flight from Tampa to New York was quick and easy, then I had a four hour layover in JFK. The flight to Moscow was my first international flight. I flew over on Aeroflot, the plane was pretty big, but I guess that's how international planes are. The flight was fine, no real turbulence. Got to Moscow and met the people from my program and got on the van to Moscow State University. On the way there we saw many interesting things. There are all kinds of little stands lined up on the street, lots of flower stands, and when I say lots, I mean lots. Sometimes there were two right next to each other. We got to MSU and got settled and then went to the cafeteria for dinner. There were lots of different foods that I didn't really know what they were but I tried them. Most everything was pretty good. The food was a little bland, but nothing a little salt couldn't fix. After that the group went to the nearby mall but my friend Andrew and I were behind and lost where they were. So we went back to the dorms. We met up with our teachers and another student who had come late. After that one of the grad students took the three of us to try and catch the group, and on our way there we saw most of them returning. So we continued on. When we got there we walked a little bit and went into a grocery store (kind of like a walmart or target) where we all got water (we can't drink the tap water) I also got some breakfast stuff. I have taken some pictures but I haven't uploaded them yet. In good time.

permalink written by  tdurante42489 on May 6, 2011 from Moscow, Russia
from the travel blog: Moscow 2011
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Day two

Moscow, Russia


Well I got up today at about 11 and then everyone went to take our placement test for Russian, and we got our MSU student id's which are this paper booklets, really old fashioned feeling, I like it. After our test the grad students walked us around in a few circles around campus for no apparent reason. We stopped at a few places, but never really did anything. Then we went back to have a meeting with Dr. Efimov (the woman in charge of our trip). Other than that I haven't really done much today. Tomorrow we're going on a tour of Red Square and Monday is Victory day (for WWII) which is a really big deal. Classes start on Tuesday. Talk to you soon!

permalink written by  tdurante42489 on May 6, 2011 from Moscow, Russia
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Day 3

Moscow, Russia


Today was a very very long day. We left for a walking tour of Moscow at 12 and I didn't get back to the dorm until 11:30. My feet hurt, but it was worth it! We saw a lot of interesting things! First we walked down to the University metro stop and went five stops to the cathedral of Christ the Redeemer. It was gorgeous. The top was all made of gold, and there were tulips all around. Summer in Moscow is beautiful. There was a couple who had just been married taking pictures out front. There was also an old gypsy woman and her daughter begging for money out front. From there we walked down Gogolsky Boulevard which is dedicated to the famous Russian writer Gogol. He's got a statue at the end of it (or the beginning) where he has is back turned to the boulevard. Our friends who were leading us told us that this was significant, but i asked why and I didn't really get a straight answer, that's russia for you. After that we went to Seriy Arbat (old arbat) which is the oldest street in Moscow, and is where most of the tourist come to do their shopping etc. There are many places to eat and shop, and a plethora of street musicians. We walked all the way down and stopped to eat at the Moo moo Cafe, they had all kinds of traditional russian cuisine. I ordered Borsch and a type of Russian chicken salad. Very delicious. We left and started walking down Old Arbat back the way we came and we ran into a Harri Krishna Parade. That was interesting. There were dancers and drummers and they were all singing ("Harri harri, krishna krishna!"). Further down there was a breakdancing group. When the Harri Krishna's got to that point they just walked around the crowd while still singing and dancing. The break dancers started to dance to the Krishna's music, it was funny. Then we went to walk by the Russian State Library, while we were on our way there we saw a bicycle race go by. There was a statue dedicated to Dostoyevski in front of the library. From there we went to the Kremlin, it wasn't open due to preparations for the Victory Day parade on monday (preparing 2 days in advance, this is going to be a huge party). We walked around a little bit and saw some very interesting people, then we went to GUM, one of the largest malls. It was built in 1893 and was used to distribute rations during the Soviet era. But now it's full of Prada, Gucci, and lots of other stores that I can't afford. People say to go visit GUM, but only to see it, not to buy anything because nobody can afford the things that are there. Hahaha. After that we hopped on the metro and headed back to the university. On the way back some of us stopped at the mall nearby for dinner and a little bit of shopping. I got myself a 3g internet modem for my computer (the internet is hard to come by, and it was only $30 bucks for two months). My feet are killing me and I need a shower, talk to you tomorrow!!

permalink written by  tdurante42489 on May 8, 2011 from Moscow, Russia
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