Today was a travel day. We finished our preparations and
most of what was left in the refrigerator, and gave at least a cursory clean to
the apartment. We didn’t really have to do that, but it wasn’t difficult.
Mid-afternoon we summoned a car and drove to Roissy Charles
de-Gaulle. Check-in went smoothly so we soon found ourselves in the Air France
lounge where we had a light bite while waiting for boarding time. The flight
left and landed on time, so that meat reaching Sheremetyevo airport, one of
three major airports serving Moscow, at 11:30 pm. I was rather surprised that
formalities went quite quickly. Our visas were scanned, we were given our travel
documents to sign and keep with our passports, and customs didn’t ask to look
in our luggage. I’m not sure what I expected, but more than that.
Taxis don’t have a universally sterling reputation in
Moscow, so I had arranged one through the hotel. The driver was waiting in the
arrivals are with a sign bearing my names, and in a flash we were on the road.
Traffic was thick for midnight, and the driving was erratic and aggressive, and
I had involuntary flashes of action movies come to mind.
We reached the Holiday Inn by around 12:30 and checked in,
after showing all our papers. Since I stay fairly often with this chain we were
given a free upgrade to a suite, which also gives us access to the club lounge,
so free breakfast and beverages. Our room is on the 17th
the traffic outside is stream of red and white light.
We’ll head for bed quickly this morning (!) because we want
to use our time here as fully as possible. Tomorrow (or later today really) it