Pictured: Karl Marx Statue on Teatralnaya Square, Moscow.
After the wedding, we made the long train trip to St. Petersburg. Another great Russian city but it was a shame that we didn't have more time to explore the city. After exploring the sites for two days, we made our way back to Moscow with Kristen heading back to Denver. I hopped a plane to Barcelona, as I made my way to Pamplona,to attend the San Fermin Festival (Running with the Bulls.)
Overall, Russia was a fascinating country to visit. It was very evident that the Russian economy has taken off. There is construction and redevelopment happening everywhere. With their natural resources, like oil and natural gas, there seems to be no end of for their economic growth in the foreseeable future. Everyone I talked with says just ten years ago, Moscow was in shambles. Now Moscow ranks up as one of the most expensive cities to visit.
Pictured: American tourists keeping it real on the 4th of July!
As a tourist, I found Russia a little difficult to maneuver. They are a few years away from being a tourist friendly country. I am pretty good with public transportation but I managed to get lost in the metro a few times. The Cyrillic language is difficult to follow and read. It was a fun challenge and I look forward to the time that I am able to make it back.
Pictured: My name in Cyrillic letters from the wedding table cards.