Aboard a half-empty Aeroflot airplane, approaching Moscow... gulp!
lovely clouds from the outer parts of Red Square
soldiers guarding 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!
the big megalopolis seems to be perpetually covered in thick clouds...
dingy hallways of my Communist Bloc flat
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
neighbors use this empty can to put their cigarette butts when smoking out by the stairwell!
my Communist Bloc apartment building!
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....
... 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.
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!
Russian folks wait for the Metro, which is famous for having trains arrive every 2 minutes (always on time).
Pervomayskaya station (I can already read Cyrillic!!)
A hot Russian babe waits to board the train...
the medieval-looking Park Kulturi station
scenes from the Moscow Metro
another train arrives
waiting at the station
Scenes from the Moscow Metro
these trains are seemingly ALWAYS jam-packed
... as you can see!
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
this Communist bridge RULED!!
taking photos on the bridge
those people were selling fish
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.
Scenes from Gorky Park (another bride poses with balloons in the distance)
delighted children chase a terrified squirrel up the tree, hahaha!
where'd he go?
We approach another awesome bridge spanning the river...
More newlyweds beside the Moscow River
crossing the interesting bridge
scenes from Moscow
A new, triangular pedestrian tunnel has been built within the old steel bridge....
football players on the bridge
... and of course, the obligatory love lockets
Happy birthday!! (I learned most of the Russian kids with lots of balloons are celebrating their birthdays)...
Communist emblem atop this bridge...