In the morning we loaded onto the bus and drove back to Moscow. That took awhile and by the time we checked into our hotel, we were hungry. My cousin and I decided to go to McDonald’s. Yes, we’re those Americans. The full story is that if my cousin had not gone with me, I would have bolted because there were SO MANY PEOPLE. Wall to wall. I had no idea where any of the lines ended. I wasn’t sure how I would order because I’d already forgotten the word our trip leader said was “cheeseburger.” Traveling continues to give me an appreciation for what it is like to come to the United States and have limited English skills. My cousin did the ordering and I tried to take a deep breath because I get a little claustrophobic in large crowds. However, that was the best McDonald’s food I’ve ever had.

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Russian Metro Stations

In the evening, we rode the metro and stopped at some of the more famous stations. The first photo is rush hour at the station. Fortunately, we waited until a little later to head out. We stopped at a park and then came back a different route to see some other stations.

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Below is the Komsomolskaya Metro Station. The theme of the design is the Russian fight for freedom and independence. There are eight large ceiling mosaics by Pavel Korin who was inspired by Joseph Stalin’s speech at the Moscow Parade of 1941, where he boosted the soldiers’ morale after catastrophic losses in the early period of World War II.
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Below is a photo from the Ploshchad Revolyutsii metro station with 76 bronze sculptures of Soviet soldiers, farmers, athletes, writers, aviators, industrial workers, and schoolchildren.

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This is the newer Dostoyevskaya station named after the author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Below is a murals depicting scenes from Crime and Punishment and The Idiot. Below that is a mural of Dostoyevsky.

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