We arrived in Moscow at 10 a.m. local time (about 2 a.m Chicago time) this morning (Sunday). Saturday, I had woken up at 3:30 in order to get to the airport by 5:00 a.m. While I did sleep on the plane, it wasn't a good sleep. Sleeping sitting up never is. It took us about an hour and a half to get through customs, and then another 40 minutes of driving on a bus to get to the hotel, only to find out that we couldn't check in for two more hours.
We left our passports at the hotel so that the hotel could register them with the government and we went searching for some food. None of us had eaten anything except for airplane food in almost 24 hours.
Some of us went to a restaurant called "Teremok" which in Cyrillic is spelled "Tepemok." It is a chain place that specializes in Blinis.
A Blini is like a crepe or thin pancake and it is stuffed full of different things. I got a mushroom and cheese Blini.
To drink, I got a "Birch Sap." I'm not exactly sure what it is. It wasn't carbonated, like soda is. It's not alcoholic. It's more like a sweetly flavored water. I like it!
After lunch, we walked to Red Square and took tons of pictures. One by one, as it got closer to check-in time, members of our group dropped out and walked back to the hotel. We were all so tired!
I finally gave up and dragged myself back to the hotel to shower and to take a nap.
As it is, I have just woken up from my 2 hour nap and have about 5 minutes left to prepare for dinner. I promise to post all the pictures from Red Square later tonight.
I am determined to approach everything with an open mind. I have NO idea what we're going to be having for dinner.
This is such an adventure!
I promised to update the post with pictures! You also get a bonus short movie. My students should recognize this spot from Google Maps. The only difference is that it's sunny and I couldn't get a pigeon to sit in the picture for me.
Below are some pictures that I took today after my visit to the ATM to get some cash and then Red Square!
Tomorrow I will be going to the American Embassy and then on a tour of the Kremlin!