Well, I made it to Moscow fine and checked into the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski, one of the most expensive and luxurious hotels in the city. The room is amazing, with a view directly across the Moscow River to St. Basil's and Red Square. I went out for a walk and took lots of photos, then returned to the hotel for dinner and to make a slideshow. Unfortunately, the hotel's WiFi access isn't working and the business center computers won't let me upload an FTP client so that I can post the show.
The photos really tell it best-- Moscow is incredibly beautiful! I won't be able to visit the Kremlin or any museums while I'm here, so I'm already trying to figure out when I can return. Katya gave me a beautiful calendar of St. Petersburg, so I'll try to go there as well.
The trip may be almost over, but there's still lots of material to come on the blog over the next few days!
Keep watching for:
-- the slideshow of Moscow
-- the slideshow of our trip to the black sand beaches of Kamchatka
-- the slideshow of my walking tour of Vlad last week
-- the video story of a Vlad journalism student who works at the regional tv station
-- a final slideshow and post that covers my entire journey
Ok, breakfast, packing and then back to the airport.