Before telling you about my trip to Russia, I would like to give you some explanations about how Russia is connected to me and why I wanted to visit Russia. First, I am from Kyrgyzstan, it is a country surrounded with high mountains, located in Central Asia. Furthermore, in the past, Kyrgyzstan was a part of the Soviet Union. That’s why many Russian people live in Kyrgyzstan and most Kyrgyz people can speak Russian fluently. From a young age, Russian culture and history were a big part of my childhood, thus I never wanted to go to Russia, as I thought that I knew enough about Russia and wasn’t interested in it. I kept this attitude until I came to Korea, where almost everyone was wondering if my mother tongue was Russian. Alas, I had never been in Russia. For this reason, as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia became significant reasons for my decision to travel to Russia this summer.
I scheduled to visit two big cities, namely Moscow and St. Petersburg. However, for this article, I would like to talk about the capital city of Russia – Moscow, where I stayed for four days. As the World knows, the 2018 FIFA World Cup took place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. Thus, Moscow was expecting a huge flow of tourists this summer. Moscow city has done a great job to host the FIFA World Cup and all the visitors, athletes and different country representatives.
The first thing I’d like to mention, is a double decker bus tour in Moscow, called “Hop-On Hop-Off”, which has two lines. This bus tour starts at Moscow’s renowned Bolotnaya Square for both the Red Line and the Green Line. If your time in Moscow is limited, then hop on the Red Line and it will take you to 17 of the city's best attractions. If you want to spend more time exploring, you'll be able to hop off at all the 27 amazing attractions on the Green Line. The ‘HOHO’ ticket includes a two-day unlimited tour with 360° panoramic views of Moscow's main sights and an audio-guide in eight languages, so you can learn all about Moscow's history and traditions. It is a great way to see the city.
Second is the national heritage and a UNESCO Listed site — Red Square. As the country’s main square, it is one of the most recognized Russian symbols, along with the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral. It is also one of Moscow’s most vibrant open spaces whatever the weather or time of day. Here, I would like to highlight St. Basil’s Cathedral. It is the most popular Russian church and the most unusual church in Russia. Inside of it is like a maze with numerous passages; its old narrow staircase, massive walls and decorated interiors will make you feel as though you made a journey through time back to the 16th century.
Thirdly, after a long journey on land, I recommend going for the most relaxing sightseeing boat trip along the Moscow river. It is a great way to see the city center and its main landmarks. These are some places to watch out for on your way: Stalin's skyscrapers, Russian White House, New Maiden's Convent, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow State University, the Academy of Sciences, Gorky park, the Central House of Artists, the Peter the Great Monument, residential quarters of Russian "oligarchs", the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Pashkov Palace, the ancient trading area of Kitai-Gorod, Zamoskvarechye - ancient craftsmen area and more.
These are my three best unforgettable memories in Moscow city. I was impressed with Russian culture and the city of Moscow, having served as the home of Russian artists, scientists and sports figures, as well as the strong presence of museums, academic and political institutions and theatres. Also, through this trip I had a very important lesson: the things which are seem so familiar might be unacquainted. Just like the quote of Sigmund Freud,” The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.”