Moscow: 23/09/08 - 25/09/08We thought everything was running smoothly; we arrived at the station with plenty of time to spare and even time to sit down and relax after carrying our bags for 2km from the hotel! Once the platform was announced we made our way to the train at a leisurely pace only to realise that our carriage (no. 1) was right at the front of the train, and the numbers started at 18. So, we had to march down the platform and finally made it onto the train, only to suffer all night from the snores of a rather round Russian woman in the berth below us! After reading that more people travel on the Moscow metro everyday than in London and New York combined, we decided it would be a good idea to try to squeeze into a carriage full of policemen. We managed to get on and off without falling over or knocking into anybody and then began the 'perexod' to the station we needed. A lot of people had told us that you either like Moscow or St. Petersburg and the two cities definitely have a very different feel to them. Moscow is much more alive and has more of an atmosphere and 'city' feel to it, whereas while St. Petersburg was beautiful, it was individual buildings that made the biggest impression.This afternoon we were walking by the river and came across a pedestrian bridge that had several metal tree-like structures that were completely covered in padlocks. When couples get married in Russia, it is tradition for the bride and groom to fasten a padlock to the railings on a bridge; as long as the lock holds fast, so will their marriage.