A Travellerspoint blog

July 2013

From Russia With Love

Moscow

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As many of you know, my recent trip to Russia took a lot of planning, involving a lengthy process taking months. However everything was approved and a couple of weeks ago I flew to the capital, Moscow.

Meeting my friend Lisa at Domodedevo Airport she acted as my tour guide/translator for the majority of the time in the city.

Christ The Saviour Cathedral

Christ The Saviour Cathedral

On the first day we toured the west of the city, passing through the Arbat area where I collected most of my souvenirs (Russian Doll, Novelty T-Shirt) before walking along the riverside and seeing the Christ the Saviour Cathedral.

Lenin's Mausoleum

Lenin's Mausoleum

This then led onto the iconic Red Square with the views of the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral.

Red Square

Red Square


Bolshoi Theatre

Bolshoi Theatre

The following day was filled with views of the Seven Sisters, the Bolshoi Theatre, the lavishly decorated Metro and Tsaritsyno Park, before going to a Ukrainian restaurant to celebrate Lisa's grandmother's birthday.

Lavishly Decorated Underground Stations

Lavishly Decorated Underground Stations

On the Saturday morning we visited the inside of the Kremlin before making our way to the Luzhniki stadium where a free concert with many popular singers from all over Europe were singing, after which we took the trip to the hill by the Moscow University where views of the whole city could be seen.

Kremlin

Kremlin

On the final full day, we visited Cosmonauts Alley, as well as VDNKh, where Soviet Exhibitions were held. On each evening we were joined by Lisa's friends and spent the evening talking and laughing in bars, making the trip even more entertaining and welcoming.

One thing I did notice was how cosmopolitan and global the city felt, being much less foreign than I had expected, and making every trip to Red Square feel even more surreal.

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Malta


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Here's my little travel blog for my latest trip to Malta, where I met up with four of my Erasmus friends from Germany last year - Daniel from Malta, Amalie from Denmark, Camilla from Sweden and Onur from Turkey.

Erasmus Reunion

Erasmus Reunion

Once we had all arrived we took the long bus ride from one side of the country to the other (lasting a massive 10 minutes) to join a beach barbecue for Daniel's friend's birthday. It was here we also met back up with Julia, who had visted Daniel for over a week back in Bremen last June.

Isle of MTV

Isle of MTV

On the Wednesday we took a lie in, before visiting the hotel where Daniel works and then going to the outskirts of Valletta for the Isle of MTV festival, where Jessie J, Rita Ora and Rudimental were performing.

Azure Window

Azure Window

The following day we rented a car and took it to Gozo, exploring the more traditional parts of the country and viewing the Azure Window, followed by a night at the Karaoke bar down the street.

On Friday we visited the capital Valletta and the Three Cities, some of the most historical parts of the country.

Valletta

Valletta

Friday night also marked Amalie's birthday, with the majority of us spending it with her for the second year in a row after Venice 1 year previously. Saturday marked the last day for Onur, and after taking him to the airport on the last day with the car we visited the hills in the middle of the island followed by Sliema, overlooking Valletta and finishing in a feast in ─Žal Qormi, where for us non-natives the fireworks were a little too close for comfort.

Fireworks

Fireworks

On Sunday we moved to Balzan, and spent the last day with the girls in Paceville, whilst on Monday me and Daniel went to see the Malta 5D experience detailing the history of Malta, before meeting up with my penfriend Denise, and then visiting the oldest settlement in Malta - Mdina and the feast in neighbouring city, Rabat.

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