Monday, August 18, 2008

Dr. Brueck in Russia - 4th Diary Entry

This is the 4th day of Dr. Brueck's Siberian adventure diary.

June 30th 2008

Surprise, surprise, I am always amazed by surprises, I actually slept in, once again I fell asleep late probably about 2 or 3am and I slept until 10:30am. Grisha came by the apartment about 1pm and he, myself, Diane, and Stacy took off for the Kremlin. We saw the changing of the guard by the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

When we arrived at the Kremlin we as usual took out the rubles, you have to pay for everything here there are no free rides. Along the way there were many Nestle ice cream stands so I would stock up on these little ice cream cones that had pineapple on them, they were delicious and I would try and eat 2 to 3 a day.

In fact talking about rubles, the public toilets are pay toilets and you would have to at times pay 20 to 30 rubles and this equates to about $1.00 American.

The weather has been decent but it is always cloudy and it has rained every day but fortunately not for the entire day.

The Kremlin is huge and there are a lot of Russian Orthodox churches inside. The Russian Orthodox priest seemed to live quite well. As we were there at the big cathedral several of them were leaving after a big meeting and every one of them had their own personal body guards and got into their new BMW’s, Audi’s, and Mercedes, not too shabby. From what I understand they all have businesses and whatever that may mean, it obviously pays quite well.

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