Category Archives: Russian

Picture of the day: Daily life in Arbat street in Moscow

The most famous place in Moscow without the Red Square is the Arbat street. It is quite peacefull, and have a fascinating history.

Quoting from Wikipedia it says:

“Arbat Street (Russian About this sound Арба́т ), mainly referred to as the Arbat, is a pedestrian street about one kilometer long in the historical centre of Moscow. The Arbat has existed since at least the 15th century, thus laying claim to being one of the oldest surviving streets of the Russian capital. It forms the heart of the Arbat District of Moscow. Originally the street formed part of an important trade route and was home to a large number of craftsmen.

In the 18th century, the Arbat came to be regarded by the Russian nobility as the most prestigious living area in Moscow. The street was almost completely destroyed by the great fire during Napoleon‘s occupation of Moscow in 1812 and had to be rebuilt. In the 19th and early 20th centuries it became known as the a place where petty nobility, artists, and academics lived. In the Soviet period, it was the home of many high-ranking government officials.”

The image was taken when I was visiting back in 2012

-Ray

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Picture of the day: Crowded on the red square in Moscow

Today is it time for a iconic tourist image. The Red Square, with all its tourists, and the amazing St. Basils Cathedral in the background. It is defiantly a sight worth seeing.

-Ray

 

A few images from the Systema campsite

I have been on camping in Ontario now for almost two days, and in these modern time you can find Internet access everywhere.  And I got mine complements of one of the other students from Canada that have set up a temporary hotspot. I will just show you a couple of images. By the way, this is my first ever blog entry written outside in a forest clearing.

The Camp site is quite nice. The sun is shining

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This is “home” for the next week. It keeps the rain out. (At least it did last night)

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The camp site have a nice harbour

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The nature is quite nice, kind of reminds me of Norway ….

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-Ray

Moscow river cruise

Todays main activity was a short cruise on the Moscow river. The port is located  a short ten minutes walk from my hotel, and I had heard that this was something to see. But as with everything, the language barrier was a little problem as always, but with a little bit of entreprenurial spirit and good help from the excellent reception at my hotel they wrote a note explaining what I was trying to do…. That was getting on the cruise that leaves and return to the same port not far from my hotel. (othervise , I would probably not be writing this article now,  takeing some kind of transport to somewhere I DONT KNOW…)

So with the note In my hand, and a questionmark on my face  I handed the lady the note, and she started pointing and explaining and I concurred. (Hoping we could make an agreement.  5 minutes and 300 rubles (12 $) later, I was directed to my ship.

This was obious a popular activity for ordinary russians, becouse quite a lot of people was on the cruise, enjoying the scenary and taking pictures.

This first picture  I took from the boat show the hotel where I am staying. Its name is “Katerina city hotel”, and it is very nice and quiet. During my four days here I have meet english, scots, welsh, sweeds, chillien, deutch, austrien, french and of course russian staying here. So truly a international place.

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The next images show some of the Kremlin and the red square as it is seen from the river. Since Moscow was founded at the river, and the river provided the big oportunities, it also introduced the large threats. The Kremlin fortifications is quite impressive and deterritive when seen up close.

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The Kremlin fortifications consists of many beautiful watchtowers. Here are a good example.

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Inside the Kremlin are many important buildings. If I am not mistaken, this one is the office of President Putin.

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The Church of St.Basil is one of the more iconic images of Moscow. It is stunning from the river.

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Alongside the river there where walkways and places for recreation. This was a stairway down to the riverbed. Brilliantly made into the landscape.

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When I can experience landscapes as this in the middle of a crowded and large world city as Moscow. I can understand why the locals enjoy some time on the river.

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Behind the river, you can spot the new modern buildings rising.

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My first encounter with Russia and Moscow

I have now spent one day here in Moscow, and here are my first thoughts and impressions…..

When I arrived at the airport and where going thru imigrations I can not say I was worrid, but a little bit anxious about how long time it was going to take, and what type of questions that I was going to receive.  But how was i wrong …. it was extremly painless, and the only problem of course was me…. becouse I was going to slow going thru the turnstile on my way out… I just heard a firm and bit annoyd immigraton officer saying push when I was leaving…..

Then my next lesson to learn was the language barrier. I had arranged with my hotel to arrange for airport pickup. The girl was very polite and waiting for me, but since my russian is non existing , and her english wasen all that… I dident get to much information on my way to my hotel… (I guess that was fine for her)

I have to say that Moscow seems big and grand , an lot of mangifiant building and other types of architecture. Truly a world metropolis.

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In the evening I had the pleasure of making the aquitance of three ladies from Great Britan that where staying here, and today are going to take the trans sibirian railway, ending up in Mongolia and last in Beijing. I guess I almost made a international crisis when I they told me that they where from England, Scotland and Wales, and especial the scots(woman) and english(woman)  still tried there best to keep up the standard of the “Braveheart” era …. They where good company, and wish they the very best for there onward jouney.

When in Rome , do as romans do…. and in Moscow it is then natural to do as Russians do. So when it was time for supper I had to ask the bartender what he would reconmend.  It was a shot of  “Baluga” vodka, and “Okroshka”. Which are a  cold russian soup with “Kvas”. It was nice, and the shot of vodka made way for a good nights sleep.

-Ray