DAY 1 After spending the night in the gas station and thanks to the Ukrainan mini-van driver who drove us the last 150km, we finally reached Moscow! In total about 10 hours of travel with a stop to sleep to enjoy our first night we sleping in the tent after a year! Back in Moscow, the driver left us close to an Ikea, which we used to go to the bathroom. It sound irrelevantbut when you travel like we do, usually living on the street, either you go behind a tree or you take advantage of any public toilet. We toke then the bus that broght us to the subway, because as often happens, the Ikea was onthe outskirts of the city. Once in the subway and thanks to the help of a nice french speaking russian, we managed it to get a free cardthat you need to buy in order to charge the journeys you might need. In this case we put 10 (0 ‘ 50 cents perride). As the guy who was hosting us did not respond to our messages we decided buying already the tickets for the Trans-Siberian railway and get ride of the thought that many had said: “uh! in summer is impossible to get anyride, the trains are always full … “After walking around trying to find the right station and cashier, we finally made it to the kind lady who sold us rides: Moscu- Perm / Perm – Omsk / Omsk – Ulan-Ude, all for 330 EUROS. Obviously on the 3rd class, but this is what we wanted. At dawn, we finally we met Vladimir, who received us at his home with a delicious smoothy-party. After a walkthrough the area enjoying a very warm summer night, we went to sleep. DAY 2 After getting up early and having some local pastries at the metro underground kiosks, we headed to the freewalking tour meeting point. Thanks to the tour, we could once again discover the most emblematic of Moscow. fter the tour and by the guide, we ate at “MY-MY”, a buffet restaurant chain with a very good value for money, where is almost impossible to avoid eating meat. In the afternoon, with the map in hand, we decided to do our own tour along the imposing, grandiose and endless avenues of the city, discovering five of the seven (eight in theory) sisters Stalin – the famous Soviet skyscrapers that the leader built for the eighth centenary of the city-, the beautiful Orthodox churches, two of the many parks that houses the city: Gorky Park (Kultury for locals) a huge and green open recreational space visited by all locals and VDNKh, the Soviet disneyland. Also made by Stalin to show the world the achievements of the Soviet people. The result? An area of 2.3 square kilometers with 70 pavilions, a endless place. Unfortunately when we got there the pavilions were closed, so what we saw was a lot of people in a concentrated in this immense, completely paved area with little to do apart from admiring the sculptures, fountains and buildings or buy something to eat. Tired, we came back home and we enjoy supper and completely vegan meal at home in the company of Vladimir roommates, friends and acquaintances.
The Red square, guess why is called like that? 😉