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Published: October 1st 2017
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Paul heard Keegan leave at 2:41am. I slept through that. I didn't sleep through someone knocking on our door at 3:30am and demanding to know if we wanted to go to the airport. There was much confusion about when we were leaving, but it all worked out (foreshadowing).
We said good-bye to Sue after brekkies. Then Paul, Kyla, and I walked in search of a place to print and coffee. We found coffee. We sat on the (quiet) walking street in a café and had some good coffee.
We had to check out at noon, but that wasn't a problem. Our car arrived shortly after that, and we had an easy trip to the airport. Easy check in and easy security, too. We also managed to find a place for Kyla to print a few more things for her visa appointment in Moscow.
Since we had an hour after going through security before boarding, we had lunch at a café in the airport. It was fine and reasonable for an airport. Still seemed expensive after the prices in the restaurants in town.
The flight to Moscow was fine. The lines through immigration were long but not surprising. The guy who checked us seemed very, very bored. You can't blame him. Our driver was waiting, but traffic was horrible into Moscow. There are so view Soviet-style apartment blocks left, at least that were visible between SVO and our hotel. The street near our hotel looks very Western European, wide with lots of shops. We saw almost no ladas.
I had a call upon our arrival at the hotel, then we checked email for a bit. Paul and I were upgraded to a suite, but only for the first night. Too bad, as it is very luxurious. We went out for Thai food for dinner. It was quite good. Then back to hotel and bed.
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