From Russia with Love

How many times have I wanted to be able to start a postcard with that message? At last, I got to do it for real when I arrived in Moscow. It wasn’t all plain sailing. For a while, on arrival at Beloruskiy station. Nobody could speak English. For the first time on my 19,100-km odyssey, I felt lonely.

I met the first English-speakers, Amy Eagleburger and Marina Semenikhina and hugged them.

3. Delight at meeting my first English speakers in Moscow, Marina Semenkhna (left) and Amy Eagleburger

Delight at meeting my first English speakers in Moscow, Marina Semenkhna (left) and Amy Eagleburger

You really need to be able to read Russian cyrillic alphabet to read the Metro directions and road signs.

You need to know the Russian Cyrillic alphabet to get around Moscow

You need to know the Russian Cyrillic alphabet to get around Moscow

I met with two Russian friends, Elena Barinova

With Elena Barinova

With Elena Barinova, a retired chemist who is now a travel agent

and Yulia Gusarova
Coffee at the hostel with Yulia Gusarova

Coffee at the hostel with Yulia Gusarova

The next day I visited the iconic St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Russian Harrods: GUM.

The iconic St. Basil's Cathedral

The iconic St. Basil’s Cathedral


The opulent GUM, Russia_s answer to Harrods

The opulent GUM, Russia_s answer to Harrods

I met some lovely people at my poetically-named hostel, Winterfell on Arbat.

With Alexander and other staff at Winterfell on Arbat

With Alexander and other staff at Winterfell on Arbat


Speaking of poetic, I was serenaded with opera arias on the Polonez train from Warsaw to Moscow by the restaurant car assistant, Irina Glazkova.
Irina Glazkova sings an aria for me on the Polonez train to Moscow

Irina Glazkova sings an aria for me on the Polonez train to Moscow

Read more about my adventures from my article in The Star:

The long arm of the law heading to Moscow

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About travelogical

A travel writer who sees the world through the fresh eyes of a child.
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3 Responses to From Russia with Love

  1. Pingback: Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure | Travelogical

  2. Humeyra Ceylan says:

    Such lovely photos you are getting younger Nooraini
    and very adventurous. Loved reading it.
    Love from Jeddah

    Like

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