September 2003 - A week in Moscow
I had fun with the Moscow Footbag Club whom I found via footbag.org, a great traveler's resource (thanks Steve). We drank so much vodka that I didn't always catch the last metro to my hotel, so I slept in people's flats. Aweswome! I came to Moscow to experience Russian culture. The only museum I entered was Lenin's mausoleum (creepy but interesting). I also toured around with Valya, a friend of a friend.
Moscow seems more Western than one could possibly have imagined 15 years ago. There are shopping malls, fast-food joints, and even footbag! My young friends all say they love it, but life is difficult for the old people who survive on miniscule pensions. When I asked, they all said they trusted that Vladamir Putin was a clever guy (who they always contrasted with Bush the dummy). Several people said, "a strong hand is required to maintain order."
I am EXCITED about my World Tour now that I finally left the USA. I was getting tired of all the pro-war propaganda. Booooooo Bush! Next: India, finally. . .