The name is a travel in itself. Everyone has an image of Moscow, which most of the time is also the one they have of Russia. I went to Moscow two years ago, when I was 19 by myself, with no experience in solo travel, or even travel before. Chances are by now, if you've been to Russia too, that you're shaking your head thinking "oh dear, why would you do that?".
I was left with a very very bad image of Moscow, a very cold/painful/stressful/harsh feeling that was only half justified.
Because let's be honest, Moscow isn't exactly the dream destination, nor the most relaxed or more young/new traveller's friendly one either. Moscow is difficult.
Now don't get me wrong, I really like Moscow. I've been there twice, even after a very bad experience, and I already want to go again. I like Russia. I like russian people, and I feel, as uncomfortable as I feel comfortable and safe there.
This doesn't make sense, I know.
I can perfectly understand why people would dislike their stay in Moscow, I can perfectly see why. And if you've travelled there yourself, you can probably name a few reasons to dislike the city as well. Right?
It's a rough and busy, cold, huge, noisy city. But it's beautiful, it's intriguing and mysterious. Moscow is a mature lady, a strong and proud man, all in all a magical place that always leaves me yearn for more.