Aboard a half-empty Aeroflot airplane, approaching Moscow... gulp!

Aboard a half-empty Aeroflot airplane, approaching Moscow... gulp!

lovely clouds from the outer parts of Red Square

lovely clouds from the outer parts of Red Square

soldiers guarding the Kremlin

soldiers guarding the Kremlin

some kind of eternal flame thing burns beyond the walls of the Kremlin

some kind of eternal flame thing burns beyond the walls of the Kremlin

Moscow is full of lovely orthodox churches like this one!

Moscow is full of lovely orthodox churches like this one!

the big megalopolis seems to be perpetually covered in thick clouds...

the big megalopolis seems to be perpetually covered in thick clouds...

dingy hallways of my Communist Bloc flat

dingy hallways of my Communist Bloc flat

the kitchen!

the kitchen!

the doors are padded from the outside, maybe to keep Russians from drunkenly banging their heads when getting home?

the doors are padded from the outside, maybe to keep Russians from drunkenly banging their heads when getting home?

the Communist Bloc garbage chute on the 3rd floor

the Communist Bloc garbage chute on the 3rd floor

neighbors use this empty can to put their cigarette butts when smoking out by the stairwell!

neighbors use this empty can to put their cigarette butts when smoking out by the stairwell!

my Communist Bloc apartment building!

my Communist Bloc apartment building!

a nice playground outside my flat... trees are already losing their leaves in mid-September!

a nice playground outside my flat... trees are already losing their leaves in mid-September!

this long, narrow park is on the way to the Metro I take to the central offices....

this long, narrow park is on the way to the Metro I take to the central offices....

... construction crews are reading it for the long winter ahead

... construction crews are reading it for the long winter ahead

the park is filled with posters of very old people... they are living WWII veterans, liberators of the people of Europe from the Nazis.

the park is filled with posters of very old people... they are living WWII veterans, liberators of the people of Europe from the Nazis.

this guy was trying to sell something in his bag... the woman walking away declined the sale, and he promptly lit a cigarette

this guy was trying to sell something in his bag... the woman walking away declined the sale, and he promptly lit a cigarette

Welcome to the Moscow Metro!

Welcome to the Moscow Metro!

Russian folks wait for the Metro, which is famous for having trains arrive every 2 minutes (always on time).

Russian folks wait for the Metro, which is famous for having trains arrive every 2 minutes (always on time).

Metro stop

Metro stop

Pervomayskaya station (I can already read Cyrillic!!)

Pervomayskaya station (I can already read Cyrillic!!)

A hot Russian babe waits to board the train...

A hot Russian babe waits to board the train...

all aboard!

all aboard!

the medieval-looking Park Kulturi station

the medieval-looking Park Kulturi station

scenes from the Moscow Metro

scenes from the Moscow Metro

another train arrives

another train arrives

waiting at the station

waiting at the station

Scenes from the Moscow Metro

Scenes from the Moscow Metro

these trains are seemingly ALWAYS jam-packed

these trains are seemingly ALWAYS jam-packed

... as you can see!

... as you can see!

crossing over the Moscow River (the river which Moscow is named after, obviously)

crossing over the Moscow River (the river which Moscow is named after, obviously)

the river is filled with excursion boats, restaurant boats, and bar boats

the river is filled with excursion boats, restaurant boats, and bar boats

this Communist bridge RULED!!

this Communist bridge RULED!!

taking photos on the bridge

taking photos on the bridge

those people were selling fish

those people were selling fish

I love Moscow!  (I hope)

I love Moscow! (I hope)

Gorky Park was FULL of newlyweds posing for photos.  My Russian friend Evginy grunted her disapproval, saying their huge entourages of bridesmaids were not the tradition, but copied from the West.

Gorky Park was FULL of newlyweds posing for photos. My Russian friend Evginy grunted her disapproval, saying their huge entourages of bridesmaids were not the tradition, but copied from the West.

Scenes from Gorky Park (another bride poses with balloons in the distance)

Scenes from Gorky Park (another bride poses with balloons in the distance)

Gorky Park

Gorky Park

delighted children chase a terrified squirrel up the tree, hahaha!

delighted children chase a terrified squirrel up the tree, hahaha!

where'd he go?

where'd he go?

We approach another awesome bridge spanning the river...

We approach another awesome bridge spanning the river...

More newlyweds beside the Moscow River

More newlyweds beside the Moscow River

crossing the interesting bridge

crossing the interesting bridge

scenes from Moscow

scenes from Moscow

A new, triangular pedestrian tunnel has been built within the old steel bridge....

A new, triangular pedestrian tunnel has been built within the old steel bridge....

football players on the bridge

football players on the bridge

... and of course, the obligatory love lockets

... and of course, the obligatory love lockets

Happy birthday!!  (I learned most of the Russian kids with lots of balloons are celebrating their birthdays)...

Happy birthday!! (I learned most of the Russian kids with lots of balloons are celebrating their birthdays)...

Communist emblem atop this bridge...

Communist emblem atop this bridge...

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