25 February 2010

Video of the week

A place I'd like to visit someday.


Anonymous Hugo Grinebiter said...

I was a couple of days in Moscow in the Gorbachev period. A transformative experience for me was standing in that icon-crammed cathedral in the Kremlin and reflecting that my (then) own country had nukes trained on the place and ready to vaporise everything and everyone I could see.

It's probably a very different place now, at any rate outside the Kremlin.

25 February, 2010 08:30  
Blogger MadMike said...

We share that desire my friend. I have traveled extensively throughout Europe but when I was there the Soviet Union was still behind the Iron Curtain.

25 February, 2010 10:52  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

HG: Yes, very different, I think. Our nuclear weapons are no longer aimed there -- and as far as I know, nor are Russia's aimed at us. A symbolic point (they can be re-targeted in minutes), but a meaningful one. The day will come when everyone will think it was madness for America and Russia to see each other as enemies.

MM: I still hope to do it someday. Kiev was fascinating. I always felt quite safe there (in 2007) and most people were quite friendly. Now I just need to improve my Russian.....

25 February, 2010 11:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go on your next vacation.

My husband went to Moscow for the 1980 summer Olympics -- an unforgettable experience, in his retelling; I've had a dear friend who was deeply involved with the Soviet politics through his activism in the communist party (also in the 1980's) -- that required some serious suspension of realism, a skill I always admired in him (in, How is this possible? way).

I often wonder what's happened to him (I suspect he is still or even more so a political VIP -- the system has changed, but, surprisingly or not, the people in power remained the same, with some exceptions of the most public figures).

But I digress. You go.

26 February, 2010 11:16  
Blogger Karen said...

My niece has traveled there extensively and she lived there for a couple years. Now she is launching her first novel which is a dark Tudor romance based on her travels around the world.

26 February, 2010 11:51  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

E & K: I'm a little deterred by what I've heard about the level of crime there since the fall of Communism -- my information may be out of date, though. Kiev got that problem under control, so I hope eventually Moscow will too. It will take a while to improve my Russian and save up money, in any case.

26 February, 2010 13:00  

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