As I mentioned before, the first time I ever left the US/Canada was exactly 25 years ago, when I headed to the USSR on a student exchange program. Now, 25 years and 146 countries later I was finally headed back to Russia, and a very changed Moscow!
Although I didn’t get to the hotel until maybe 9pm, I thought I’d still go for a short wander and find dinner, to try and get a little bit of an impression of the city before playing tourist. 10 minute walk away was Mayakovskij Square:
Which was a little more welcoming in daylight the next morning:
First thing I had planned was to see Red Square and the surrounding area. It was maybe a mile walk which normally wouldn’t be a big deal, but it was -10C outside, and lightly snowing. No worry, time to walk!
First stop was the Tomb of the Unknowns:
A monument to those who died in Leningrad in WWII: