An early start, at Wednesday 19 July, 2017 as we met at 04.45 at the well-known meeting point at Schiphol. The holiday rush we feared was not there, so we checked in rapidly and we were on our way to Warsaw with LOT. In Warsaw four additional travellers joined the group. At the airport terminal we were able to spot some military and civilian planes.
After arrival at Sheremetyevo it appeared that one suitcase didn’t make it from Warsaw. It took some time and administration to solve this (welcome to bureaucratic Russia), but it took five days until the suitcase was seen again (in Amsterdam, the suitcase never made it to Russia). The bus which took us to the hotel in Moscow finally appeared, after some phone-calls of our travel guide. Welcome to Russia! You get used to it, like getting used to the immense traffic around Moscow.
After arriving at the hotel everything went smooth. Some of the group went sight-seeing around the Red Square and the Kremlin, others visited a restaurant to get acquainted to the Russian kitchen or reliving this experience once more.
Finally this exciting day came to an end. Bring on the real work tomorrow.