Moscow’s metro stations are still a sight on their own. My last to Moscow was in 1983, even back then I marveled at the beautifully decorated stations. My absolute favorite became one that is dominated by a dog chiseled in black marble. To touch its nose brings good luck. I could not believe how many Muscovites rushed by, quickly brushing over the nose that has changed color already into a dirty white. Some things even outlast Communism.
Besides, Moscow is not resting on achievements dating backing centuries. In summer 2016 Moscow’s infrastructure was undergoing massive renovation hinting a prosperous city.
Red Square and famous Gum are still as I remembered, except there are a lot more tourists walking all over the place. Also the long line waiting to visit the Lenin Mausoleum don’t exist anymore I was told.
A shop near the apartment attracted my attention, far away from the tourist trail. What at first sight looked like a souvenir shop was a place selling paraphernalia portraying people like Stalin, Lenin and Putin, on plates, mugs, T-shirt, fridge magnets, key-rings…
Taxi drivers in Russia are the cheekiest ever, every time I was without local support I paid twice or even more: Moscow Airport- to the very center of Moscow/near Kremlin: it is about 1000 rubels. Unless you use public transport, UPER is your best choice, register now. I usually take public transport to avoid this unpleasant haggling, but with my kind of luggage this time it was out of question.