Now we are all ready to go, it is just a waiting game now. Kat tried to buy stamps for all the postcards but the only place that they are available from the hotel gift shop, was closed. a small note on the door said it was closed for the next week, huh! This is a major disappointment, there was also a nice souvenir we wanted in the shop.
I asked reception if any near hotels had open gift shops and she obligingly rang the five nearest hotels and no go; the tourist gift shop union obviously shuts down totally over their New Year / Christmas break, what are they? Public Servants or something.
Well what have we learnt?
Russians are just like everyone else but do spit on the footpath a lot.
The authorities have great crowd control skills now they should expand that to revolving door control skills.
There should be very little crime as the police, army and private security is everywhere, outside just about every door and gate. Security scanners are everywhere as well, shops, hotels, railway stations and churches all have them.
If you like coffee, stick to cappuccino as everywhere can make a great cappuccino, ask for a latte or long black, well then it is pot luck. I blame automatic espresso machines.
Always take a power board with your power adapter, there are just so many devices to charge up each night.
If you are going to blog your holiday take a reasonably fast laptop, a net book is just frustratingly slow.
Make sure you have a GPS either on your phone or tablet, a tablet is best because you can buy a local data SIM and browse the Internet a lot cheaper than roaming rates. If you use a tablet you can use it as a local wifi hotspot and connect your phone to the Internet using the tablets wireless connection.
If you are stuck in traffic anywhere else and are really "beeped" off spare a thought and maybe a little empathy for the Muscovites.
Have big breakfast and save on lunch.
See you soon.