FINALLY, get to set up a blog!!
My first day of travelling could have been less rushed (no pun on Russia there) but i was literally packing until 2 minutes before leaving for heathrow. Insane. A whole load of sress was had. But so far, i haven't realised i have left anything important. I've got my mind and soul, that's all that matters right?!
Flight from Heathrow to Stockholm? DELAYED. Flight from Stockholm to Moscow? DELAYED, this one by 4 hours. Ridculous. Although Stockholm looks a very beautiful city, i spent the most of i wanting to sleep and to, well get to Moscow. I had no Swedish currency at this point either so i couldn't buy any food or drink!! Eventually i took the plunge and took the hit of an expensive exchange and withdrew some Swedish money. A s***e Panini and bottle of water was what kept me going.
Flight to Moscow was awesome. As we were delayed, we had free food and booze! A godsend. I took full advantage! As i was boarding my plane, i found i was perched between two other passengers who i stereotyped and assumed they would both be Russian, and so i thought i was in for a major poop flight. As i sat down an Irish accent said 'Watch your arse, the seats are cold'. What a welcome voice! Sat down to an Irish scientist who lives in Stockholm, visiting his GF in Moscow for the weekend. What an tremend guy! We chatted and drank all the way there, it was genius. It turned out to be a great flight. What was even better is that he showed me the cheapest way to get to Moscow City centre from the Airport, which without his help, i would've been totally screwed. The Russian written language is all in Cryllic, and impossible to understand, So yeah, got my ass to Moscow, and after walking straight past my hostel (twat), and getting help from a random German guy, i got to my Hostel around 1am. It felt like it was never ging to happen!
Hadn't slept for something like 42 hours by now, and suprisingly the first thing i wanted to do was go for a beer?! But me and my roommate Liam, from Brisbane, decided that we had both had little sleep, and tha the best thing to do was to 'catch up'. So with the thought of a tasty Russian beer kissing my lips i sarted to get ready for bed. Then....Some more roomies arrive. So a few shots of firewater later (some awful russian liquer) we eventually hit the hay.
Yowzers, had like 9 hours kip. In he morning still felt tired as fook, but go out of bed and venured outside. FREEZING. ABSOLUTELY freezing. Its so cold here that when you breathe through your nose, your nostrils freeze. Its insane. But fighting off the cold, me and Ozzie Liam visit St Basils cathedral which is quite a spectacle, and aslo Red Square and took the time to visit the state armoury in the Kremlin. Was tremend, then, went for the most expensive peronis ever and we thought to ourselves 'hmm, i wonder if beer is just that expensive here, or whether we've just been hit with a really expensive bar?!' so we head to a Russian supermarket to investigate. We were pleasantly suprised to see that a can of Russian Beer in the shop was DEAD CHEAP. There were literally dead limbs attached to it it was that cheap. The beer shelve was like a beer cemetry. So we picked up some cheap booze, got pissed at our room, said hello to our new Canadian rommates and went out for more booze. We had a taste for it. So, we went to an amazing bar called the 'BB King' AMAZING. Guys, what a bar. Walked down some stairs and opened a small wooden door whcih looked like i wnt into a house kitched or something. But instead, walked into a smoke filled room, with live band setting up, playing the Clash 'London Calling' as he band were warming up. Awesome bar. Will definitely be going there again.
Now back at the hostel, pissed and 2am, writing this blog entry. So ex-squeeze me if there are typos, or i dont make much sense. will update this soon, took some very slick photos of Moscow today and will upload ASAP for your visual pleasure.
Night folks, loving you all so so much, and missing you all like crazy. Wish i could transport you all here. I can't though apparantly, so hat is upsetting. But one day of travelling gone, only another, what, 540 or so to go?! Excited!!
Bed time, night night everyone, and speak to you soon
love you all