We couldn't leave Moscow without seeing the embalmed corpse of Lenin. We arrived early on the day we intended to visit and didn't wait in any lines. There was a small gift shop nearby where tourists were leaving their personal belongings as nothing is allowed into the mausoleum. The security detail was quite friendly and ushered us through quickly. it was interesting to see the monuments to all the dead Soviet leaders. Many of them had fresh flowers strewn about. Once we entered the the mausoleum, things became very somber. The young officers on duty were serious and stern. Just the aura of these men made the tourists quiet and respectful. It is extremely dark inside the building. Look down as you walk because there are some steps to traverse in this darkness. Since it's so dark, it's hard to see Lenin clearly and his casket is kept a good distance from the aisle. His face looked peaceful and healthy. From the distance I couldn't tell if it was a real body or a wax figure. It was a haunting and mysterious experience that I thought about for many days afterward.
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