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The Moscow Metro – Those WWII POW’s really can work!

If you do make it to Moscow to see Red Square or……. well, Red Square, you definitely need to make a side trip just to cruise around on the metro. Basically, it’s the Soviet apology to its citizens for the fact that they had to live 4 families to a room. At least everyone could go to the metro to see chandeliers, statues, murals and pretend that they live in a palace instead of jammed into a tiny flat. Created using thousands of Nazi slaves, it is quite an achievement and a testament to what a dictatorship can do with the slaves from another dictatorship.

Moscow Airport Security – Nicer…..Yet Not.

Yes, the Moscow airport, Sheremyetovo 2, is trying to put on a little bit of a better image as you enter and
He lives in their hearts
He lives in their hearts

exit through passport control. They have a saying over there, though: “After all the upgrades and changes, things are finally the same as they ever were.”

Intimidating stares, rude questioning, long lines are still the name of the game, don’t think that is going away.
There is a new transfer system, however. When transfering between airports to get to your in-country distinations, you are now supposed to take a shuttle bus to make it easier to bypass all the rude taxi drivers and such. You can also do your passport control while getting to this transfer bus. The catch is that while transfering by shuttle you must first find out where it is. Since there are no signs in English or Russian, this can be difficult as you go through the rat’s warren of hallways to get there. Next, just because you have tickets for your next flight doesn’t mean they have a record of them in THEIR computer or that they will be able to find your reservation. This means that the process will hold you at least long enough to miss your flight before they turn you back to go the same old taxi route. Ahh, Russian improvements…….new hoops to jump through….. for your convenience.