Russia has surprised me in the best possible way. Find out why!
Greetings from Moscow! Because I’m
crazy a curious explorer, I’m here for 10 days, despite the fact that even at the end of March temperatures dip below zero degrees Celcius and the wind blows with an intensity that could transport you to the next town over. (Note to self: next time pack thermals, a snowsuit, and a balaclava.)
But as usual, I digress.
What I really wanted to say was that so far Russia has surprised me in the best possible way! My stay in Moscow has been delightful thus far.
As I noted on Instagram (follow me there for real time updates!), it’s funny how you can have pre-conceived notions about a place you’ve never been to before. Prior to coming to Russia, I assumed it would be very grim and spare; dark, dilapidated, unfriendly, and foreboding.
But what I’ve encountered in Moscow has been anything but. The city is colourful, grand, and opulent. Even better, we have been lucky with the weather (well, with the exception of the cold, which even locals say is unseasonable): three days into our 10 day journey, the skies have been nothing but clear and blue.
And while we’re on the topic of locals, I’ve found Moscovites have been very welcoming– there are lots of smiles in the streets and in stores, and on multiple occasions I have been approached and asked if I needed help. This I find remarkable since the level of English is not very good here. I mean, that takes a lot of courage and goodwill to approach a foreigner and offer them help when you don’t speak their language! I am grateful for this, and also grateful because thus far I haven’t experienced any racial discrimination (I’ve heard that travelling while black can be an issue here).
As for the physical aspect of things, the infrastructure is great! As
an internet addict a blogger I have been impressed at the amount of wifi in public spaces!
And the architecture is… wow.
So in the interest of demystifying this little of corner of Russia (well, big is probably more accurate– Moscow has a population of 11 million), here are a few pics!
This place has really come as an unexpected delight, y’all. I can definitely see myself coming back
in the summer. Have you ever been pleasantly surprised by a destination?