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What the what? season 2

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What the what? season 2

Some of you travelers may identify with this feeling )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GFcKiYzavY

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Some recent illustrated stories and videos about several Moscow attractions.

Muzeon (Fallen Idols) sculpture park - 9news.com/rss/article/346477/295/Moscow-to-S…

Gum department store - artdaily.com/news/64177/Modern-luxury-meets-…

Interiors of the Ukraine / Radisson hotel - businessinsider.com/moscow-radisson-royal-ho…

A Russia trip account - bognor.co.uk/news/features/latest/travel-an-…

Photos from the Moscow metro - chinadaily.com.cn/photo/…content_16941035.htm

Photos from the space museum near the VDNKh metro station - paradisepost.com/news/ci_24088200/unseen-mos…

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All the links in post 1 are so helpful and enjoyable. I am forwarding to friends who are visiting Moscow soon. Thank you for the public service, kepi.)

When I was there in June (2013) and part of Muzeon was closed for renovation. Anyone with update on that?

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(finally able to get my head out of the quagmire of work for a moment) -

Time to revitalize this thread! )

Basic facts about a trip to Moscow from Western bloggers -

travelsupermarket.com/blog/…

ft.com/cms/…axzz2i4WEQlWx

Russians cold, poky, off-putting and non-smiley?

A few random videos from Youtube to give this forum the long-overdue erotic touch) -

A happening in Moscow's Arbat pedestrian mall (probably some promotional stunt) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iimO5qxFjcQ

A bride's gift dance for the bridegroom at a typical wedding - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfHiwHBkwFI

A weekend street dance class in Omsk, Siberia - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdVg1ptQC1w

Enjoy! (as I did)

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Your posts are always nourishments for the mind and soul, kepi. Thank you for the CPR done on this thread.)

I looked at the British blogger's 10 recommended things to do in Moscow, and it isn't bad, good for a 3-5 day break, depending on your speed.

1. Kremlin: of course . Not seeing it is like not seeing the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Big Ben in London, or Time Square in Manhattan.

2. Red Square: Many roads lead to it; it rivets your attention and casts different moods depending on the weather and time of day. The writer wrote, "...site of the utterly mad looking St Basil's"; I usually have problem getting that British nuance, but to me the church is a page off a fantastical fairy tale.

3. The Metro: this is a metro system like no other in THE WORLD.

4. Visit a gallery or two: been to museums with some art works, but shame on me, have not gone inside an art museum, yet.

5. Hop on a river boat: been there, done that, liked it very much.

6. Take a trip to the ballet: So lucky we had the chance. It was in the new theater section of Bolshoi but still great and grand. Loved it. My friends just came back from St Pete and Moscow visit. They were bumped out when found out that a night at the main Bolshoi would cost them 600 USD pp. This would have been through a tour company. So like, are seats that much? or is there a fat padding of commission?

7. Go shopping: window shop at GUM department store unless you live without worrying about a budget.

8. Then head for the baths: haven't done that yet, but hey, do I seriously want to be beat by sprigs by strangers? With luck, I may get someone who is having a really bad day.

9. Gorky Park: Lovely and entertaining. Is it really true that it's privately owned? (by Roman Abramovich?) No way would we let Donald Trump buy Central Park.)

10. Art Muzeon Sculpture Park: it is my favorite, although I did not get to see all of it. Agrees with writer's comment that it is historic and somewhat sad. I once was held high upon his pedestal, now fallen to mere mortals' eyes.

No needs for explanatory narratives here, just the pervasive feelings and memories of past deeds and lives are powerful enough.

In all, it is not a bad list of things to do in Moscow.

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From the expat's blog:

>>$100,000: A two-storey townhouse with sauna 30km from Moscow’s city centre<<

30km isn't bad, unless you have to drive into Moscow everyday.)

>>$1m: A two-bedroom flat with balcony on fashionable city-centre streets such as Arbat or Petrovka<<

Central Moscow real estate is not as bad as NYC or Paris then, incredible as it may seem.

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And last but not least:

>>Russians cold, poky, off-putting and non-smiley?<<

Sure, some of the contributors here can come across (over the pages) as that.))

But just do as they do, challenge them, and then you will eventually crack a smile or two.

C'mom, admit it, haven't I made some of you laugh?

What can I say about the youtube videos, kepi? Can you hear the howling from where you are?

Edited: 12:59 pm, October 18, 2013
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$600 for a Bolshoi ticket? If it's a premium seat during a hit performance at the main theater - I'd say it's plausible. If it's an upper balcony seat then it's another story .

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amatrip

No. 8 certainly got me sniggering. )

No. 9: no, Abramovich does not own Gorky Park, his wife owns a converted modern-art gallery there and his pal oversaw the effort to turn the once run-down place into a fashionable chill-out for families before taking up the culture minister's job in the Moscow government.

No. 10: part of the Muzeon area in the summer was closed off for a reason - it is now another pedestrian precinct with fountains, fancy benches, and cycling and skateboard tracks.

TV reports on that news from the end of September - http://www.m24.ru/videos/30164

http://www.1tv.ru/news/social/242911

They are also planning a bridge from that river bank to the island where the monument to Peter the Great stands. The site (once the home of the Red October chocolate factory) is known as Strelka.

It is mentioned in another Moscow trip report in today's Daily Mirror - mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/usa-long-haul/…

PS. By way of a balancing-out act, I have attempted to find a video with some glamorous Moscow men, but have been thoroughly unsuccessful - they are all awkward, clumsy and fat. )

But I stumbled upon another video from a Russian wedding and just thought it was cute. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYk_AM1oi4E

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As a follow-up to missalg's excellent Back to the USSR vintage trip report tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294459-i705-k6904…

this is another thrilling account of a foreigner's time in Moscow in the 1960s (fashion-conscious ladies will be particularly interested to see - and perhaps surprised at seeing - a cool Soviet catwalk from those days) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24536359

Some further video footage of Moscow dating back to the 1960s -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fjTTpQVROU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXJSlO4M7FY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzyfnp0iTgs

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I also love missalg's vintage report; highly recommended.

Roosting at home today as am feeling a bit under the weather. Your links, kepi, provide excellent diversions again to waste my time. Give me all the intriguing stuff, I can't have enuf of it. Best bit though was the catwalk video. I want to find those vintage winter coats: they are awesome!

Far from being an expert but I tend to agree in general with the concluding statement in the article: "Russia is an emotional place. This is a country of big hearts, great talents. But also huge problems and deep disappointments." Yes, I would say you guys are rather complex.)

Sickness is keeping me away from spicy foods, as well as spicy comments. I think it is making me go soft. So I will share with you a recent article that is quite complimentary to Russia: Russia ranks top on the list of Most Educated Countries in the World:

>>In 2011, more than half of Russia’s population 25 to 64 had attained a tertiary education. Additionally, nearly 95% of adults held at least an upper-secondary qualification at that time, compared with the OECD average of 75%. Russia has, according to the OECD, a “historically strong investment in education.” However, recent news could tarnish Russia’s well-educated image. Reports suggest widespread corruption in the education system, including cheating on standardized tests, selling of doctorates to politicians and the wealthy and fake thesis factories.<<

Read more: 247wallst.com/special-report/…

US is buried down at #5. My guide in St Petersburg holds a couple of pHD degrees, so this is probably true. But after all that studying, will these people find the jobs they want or trained for? If Russia were more free, I think American should be afraid, very afraid :).