One of my fine readers caught a serious math error on my part. And I love math. Yes, the United States of America Is NOT about 140 years old, but nearly two hundred and forty years old. Please forgive me and my Soviet minded thinking here in Moscow. My good friend, fellow sports fan, fellow golfer, Big Bob was the only reader to catch it!!!!
I finally found the best place to eat in Moscow. It turns out to be almost across the street from my hotel. I got back from my tours and felt like celebrating with a glass of champagne. It was my first glass of the trip!
The sign on the outside said, “Asian Bar” or something like that. I walked in, felt right at home, and ordered not only a glass of bubbly, but some Singapore rice noodles. They brought two complimentary appetizers as well.
Looking back toward the open kitchen areas, I saw what I needed to see. A very “Asian: looking head chef, and several “Asian” looking assistants, and an Asian bartender. And they spoke English, except for my waitress and the cute little Russian hostess.
It was so good that my Swiss friend, Michael and I went back for a light dinner some hours later. He insisted on ordering duck, which turned out pretty good. I saw the duck hanging in a faux window above the chef’s preparation table. Score another one for “Asian Bar”.
About mid day today, I will get myself over to the Moscow train station, most appropriately named, Leningradsky station. I will arrive at St. Petersburg’s Moskovsky Station. It sure seems that it would be the other way around!
So, Moscow in conclusion:
1. Red Square at night, yes it looks like Disneyland!
2. The Kremlin has the best architecture.
3. Matryoshka dolls can be tacky or tasteful. You decide.
4. Moscow is a vibrant city with so much to see and do.
5. Here in Russia, Rasputin is not a music store, he was a wandering healer.
6. The three large KGB buildings here in Moscow are being renovated.
7. Nobody mentions the Ukraine here, unless it is an Ukrainian restaurant.
8. Russian girls are all tall, like Maria Sharapova.
9. Believe it or not, President, and former General Dwight Eisenhower is a hero here!
10. Lobio is not a body part, but rather a side dish of kidney beans.
11. How to drink vodka here: well chilled, straight in 50 gram shots, downed in one gulp.
12. The average high temperature here in May is usually 55. It has been 80 or so!
13. May 9 was victory day. The old Soviet Union lost more people than any other nation in WW2.
14. Parking in downtown Moscow is worse than New York City and San Francisco combined.
15. GUM stands for State Department Store, but it is now a capitalist paradise.
See you later today in beautiful St. Petersburg, formerly Leningrad.