My wings took me away from windy and chilly Dubai to the minus 8 degrees Celcius in Moscow. The flight was quite short, 4 hours and 30 minutes. For the first time I was carrying my brown coat that goes along with my uniform. I am grateful that this company pay attention for this kind of small thing.
Actually I supposed to fly to Bologna (I bid for Bologna this month to meet my best friend but actually she is still in Milan on that day and busy with stuff so I decided to swap the schedule with my colleague).
Anyway, I went out with some crew that day. We were leaving the hotel at 5.30 pm and went straight to train station to reach the city centre. I was so lucky to have a Russian speaker that came along with us. I wonder how all of us could survive and reach the city if she is not coming. Because most people here dont speak English and all the signs are in Russian alphabet.
30 minutes in train and we reach the beautiful city centre of Moscow. It cost 110 RUB if we buy train’s ticket for return. 5 minutes walk from the train station, we reached that beautiful and famous Red Square.
Surprisingly, they still have Christmas Market here. Because Russian celebrates Christmas on 19th of January so they still hold the Christmas Market up to February. It was literally best Christmas feeling ever.
My favourite thing to buy in Christmas market is Mulled Wine. Its hot red wine, perfect drink to warm my body up because even if I worn 4 layers on my body, my hands froze because I was busy taking pictures without gloves.
This Christmas market is just nearby Spasskaya Tower (the main tower of Kremlin) & St. Basil Cathedral Moscow. Unfortunately I had no chance to go inside Kremlin & St. Basil Cathedral because they are closed already (too late, I was arrived at 7 pm). But next time, I will definitely go inside to make the best memorable sightseeing in Moscow. Since I couldnt get inside, I took photos in front of these buildings.
Kremlin and St. Basil Cathedral are historical building in Moscow. Based on Wikipedia, Kremlin had previously been used to refer to the government of the Soviet Union (1922–1991) and its highest members (such as general secretaries, premiers, presidents, ministers, and commissars). It is the best known of the kremlins (Russian citadels) and includes five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. Also within this complex is the Grand Kremlin Palace. The complex serves as the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation.
St. Basil Cathedral Moscow, built in 1555, is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Cathedral is now a museum. One service a year is held in the Cathedral, on the Day of Intercession in October. Next time I am in Moscow, I am not gonna miss a chance to get inside and enjoy the ambience of this gorgeous church.
I made my way to a gift shop with friends just next to the Christmas market. I found lot of traditional wooden toys of Russian called Matryoshka here.
The price of this toy is various. Depends on the design, size and how many dolls inside. Because this wooden doll has dolls inside (usually its gonna be 2, 3 or 5 dolls depends on the size). I was lucky because I got a deal since they have sale for some of the dolls. I paid 300 RUB (around IDR 65.000). Quite cheap and of course its originally from Moscow (yay!).
I forgot the name for some of them (the struggle of short-memory person) but all of them are the signature Russian dishes. I forgot the name of the chocolate cake, but it was so good. I got beef tongue (trust me, local beef from Moscow -for me- is the best because it has excellent texture). I forgot the name of the soup as well but it has sour cream on top (i think people in here loves to put sour cream on some food). And the last one is Chicken Kiev. So when I cut a bit of this Chicken Kiev, it has (a kind of) garlic sauce inside and its tasty. What a big dinner! My tummy was full and I felt like I need someone to drag me home, so hard to got up from the chair 😂
The next morning, I woke up at 8am and the weather was minus 12 degrees celcius (glad the hotel has a good heater system). I decided to order my breakfast from in dining room service since I was too lazy to get up from my bed. Here is what I got for breakfast
Borscht soup and Pelmeni (again, they are the signature dishes in Russia). If you can see, they put 2 bowls of sour cream to be mixed with the food. Borscht is red soup with vegetable and meat inside (perfect for this cold weather) and dont forget to put the sour cream on top and mix it. Tasty!
The right side is Pelmeni. Its Russian dumpling and yes, put the sour cream on top. Surprisingly it taste even better with sour cream (it was actually first time I put sour cream on soup and dumpling). It cost 845 RUB (around IDR 185.000) after 30% discount (the advantage of being a crew, gets discount for room service in every hotel that I stay in).
Even though the hotel is nearby the supermarkets, I decided not to go for shopping that day. I enjoyed rest time in the hotel and waiting for the wake up call to be ready flying back to Dubai
That’s it, tho not lot of places I went and minimum time of exploring the city, I am glad I made memories in Moscow. It was a beautiful place to start my February and hopefully I will flying back to this city soon!