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Toasting success — with water

- September 2nd, 2012

Day 2
Sept. 2. 10 p.m., Moscow
A full day of traveling, 24 hours from awaking in Calgary to checking into my hotel, I’m in Moscow, safe and sound.
Best of all, feeling better about getting around Moscow and raring to go to cover events celebrating the 1972 Summit Series.
Upon arriving at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, via Toronto and Vienna, the run through customs was extremely easy. After hearing the horror stories about taking an hour or more, the experience was a breeze.
As was taking the Aeroexpress Train to downtown Moscow — 45 minutes without stopping — and then a subway trip to my hotel.
First impressions of Moscow are the people are friendly when you ask for help. If people didn’t speak English, they’d ask somebody or try their best. One women at the airport made sure I knew the Aeroexpress ticket wasn’t also for the subway. Another women, after buying her own subway ride card, made sure the teller understood I wanted a 10-ride card.
Another helped me make sure I was on the right subway line and reiterated I had to get off at the fourth stop.
As for the city around my hotel, it reminds me of Toronto’s Yonge Street near Eaton Centre. But checking those sights out will have to wait.
Despite a dozen years of flying around the NHL cities covering the Calgary Flames beat, sleeping on planes is not my forte. Thus, the need for a good night’s sleep.
The first wave of players from Canada’s 1972 Summit Series team will arrive at their hotel around noon, so I may have an opportunity to see Red Square in the morning.
About the only drawback to the first day was the grocery store across the street couldn’t sell any alcohol. A frosted barley sandwich after a few hours of work, would make for a good nightcap.
Looks like a bottle of water will have to do.

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