It’s only been a few days but I’ve been blown away by Moscow – Yes, I did see much of what I expected. The architecture is overpowering, the history is awesome, and the sense of being somewhere that only a few years ago would be nearly impossible never quite fades.
But what I can’t get over is how much I’ve seen that i did not imagine: lavish, decadent bars that rival those in any world city. The fact that you can hire ordinary drivers as taxis and just put out your arm and hop in cars to find your way. To see people walk around with open containers of beer, something verbotten in the states (apparently it’s illegal here too but tolerated).
There is so much going on here that I’ve never heard about – and as I sort it out I’ll be writing more.