Moscow, Russia [VKO]

Our hiatus has brought us to a few spots we can’t wait to share with you — Cheers to summer!

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After much anticipation, we had finally landed in Russia. I rapidly breezed over the cyrillic alphabet in transit, ready as ever to switch my Ns for Hs and my Ps for Pies. After passing customs with a thumbs up and a 2 hour traffic ridden drive towards downtown, we were settled in to our apartment on Noviy or New, Arbat.

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I had no clear image of Moscow in my mind as I disembarked.  What did I expect? I don’t really know. But as we pulled in closer and closer to central Moscow, buildings grew, avenues became wider and old and new structures mixed together in a marriage of grandiosity and glamour.

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The 24-hr opening hours of pretty much everything delighted us, croissants eaters and grocery shoppers of the night. Although, as at home, no alcohol is sold past 11pm.

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Arbat, a pedestrian road with mostly souvenir shops and chain restos, surprised us as we managed to grab some authentic Azerbaijani food at non-tourist trap prices.

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St-Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin and the Red Square are obvious must sees, as is Gum, Moscow’s oldest mall.

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Try out your axe and knife throwing skills with the help of olympic champions at Club Labyrinth. Don’t forget the password.

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The nightlife is begging to be discovered — dancing can be found not far from the Red Square, however nothing beats Gipsy, a revamped high-ceiling mega locker with a stage, multiple bars, both indoor and out and a DJ with some sick beats.  This gem is located in Moscow’s former chocolate factory, now a mishmash complex of galleries, shops and night buzz not to be missed.

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Club Labyrinth, Kutuzovsky Avenue, 12с1, Moskva, Russia, 121248

Gum, Red Square, 3, Moskva, Russia, 101000

Gipsy, Bolotnaya nab., 3/4, с.2, Moskva, Russia, 119072

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