12 hour in Moscow without being able to escape the airport was enough. There aren’t enough terminals or private areas to make me care about saving the amount of money I saved on this trip by making Moscow my layover. Again, I didn’t have a visa, but I will visit again when I can get the visa. The houses, from above, were some of the most beautiful houses I’ve ever seen. Amazing!
One thing I did notice though: make sure that you are aware of any airport shuttle service. It seems the airport is quite a ways away from the city, and all I saw for transportation was tourist trap cabs (I asked around). So be very careful when traveling here, and make sure you have transportation set up for you. Other than that everything was nice and easy!
And after asking 21.7 people where to buy a bus ticket in Brussels, where to catch that bus, and what time it really stopped running, we decided to take the train. Same questions, though.
Central Brussels to hop on the 2am Megabus to Paris. We got to central station at 1am. Plenty of time to get to the Megabus which gave us an address only 1.1 miles away. “Let’s walk.” Not only does Central Brussels look like a white European Martin Luther King, JR BLVD, but we arrive to the address we had, and the street was EMPTY. no bus, people, life in sight. I go to google. The real location is actually just feet from where we got off the train, and that was 1.1 miles back the other way. But how did we even get to THIS place. And why does no one speak English?
Side Note: Americans think everyone should speak English. Even I think it, and I try not to be so…imperialistic (is that the proper use of the word?)
3 minutes left, and I’ve already began planning a weekend/week in Brussels, knowing that missing the bus to Paris would mean forfeiting the tickets to Barcelona then London.
The bus was spotted at the bottom of a hill. We run! Show our confirmation, and get on the already extremely crowded bus. Paris awaited.
Things To Share:
1. If you’re schedule is tight with some times that seem a little iffy, include taxi/personal transportation into your budget.
2. The absolute minimum amount of clothes may not actually be your bottom line. Do less if you can.
3. Buy a self charging cell phone case for international travel.
4. Learn enough of the language to get to and from the airport, find a bathroom, and locate every possible method of transportation.
5. The name you were taught for something may not be the name the locals know. (i.e. Me: “Can you help me find the Eiffel Tower?” Lady Walking: “I don’t know what that is.”
6. Check Visa qualifications.
7. Carry cash. Everywhere doesn’t take your card, regardless of the logo on it.
Currently In Paris with much to write. Stay tuned!