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    People will do anything for money - this guy was so good we stayed around for a while. Note the tiles on the street. They have drawings and ads and all sorts of things like HAPPY BIRTHDAY VLAD 2003!
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    This made me really sad. In many places you have to pay to use a portajohn, and of course, there is always the person you pay... what a life she must have. I can't begin to tell you how much it smelled, far, far, far away from this place. It was all I could do to take her photo. Very sad.

    I have yet to see any ads or hear anything that speaks to social agencies that help the poor here. At home you get some notice in the papers or on TV that help can be found at (fill in the blanks). Nothing exists here, except probably for the work of the nuns and monks.
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    FOR HOLLI -

    This translates to PENGUIN RESTAURANT! This one looks substantially nicer than the one at home - lol.
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    Moscow State University (you say the abbreviation not MSU but um-gay-you) This building has 33 kilometers of hallways inside. It is just monstrous. We were stopped by the police because we didn't have the proper ID. We later read in the guidebooks that they're easily bribed, so we might go back if we have time and try it. Apparently the artwork inside is worth a few rubles.

    Speaking of bribes, I learned from our guide that until 1984, there was a law that said all officers must report their bribes to their immediate superiors! I'm not sure what is funnier, that, or the fact that it was repealed. LOL
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    A common sight in Moscow - some of the buildings are so old they put netting over the facade so that you don't get knocked by the falling debris. Many lots are fenced by sheetmetal. Some of the netting actually has a pretty facade painted on it to give the illusion of a grand building.
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    This speaks to the underground here. Though most windows are relatively conservative in shops, you can on occasion notice the other side, for which Russia is famous. Anything goes here, and there is no sanctimonious retribution from those that 'don't.' To me it's only sad if it's not their choice -
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    I'm going to take a break and go get some lunch. I decided not to go to work with the guys so I'm playing. To be honest my feet are incredibly grateful not to have to walk this morning.

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    OK - back for a bit. The new Arbat is a line of casinos, and these street signs were everywhere.
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    I realize now that I'm photographing the women of Russia! I don't think I knew I was doing it until I started resizing photos for Tweleve. This woman was begging for money in the walking under the streets. She just stood there with a cup, but didn't say anything. I wonder how many years she's done that?
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    In that previous photo, please keep in mind that it was 90 degrees. She must have been boiling in that black coat, which makes me think that she might have been homeless. Something of value to her was inside that coat -

    This is another photo of the church we visited. I really loved this church. It's probably a stretch of me to call it a cathedral, especially since it is so small. If I've double posted this, forgive me. I seem to think I have but I don't know. The iconography inside this church was beautiful. You could buy candles to light for someone from a nun. I'm too cynical for such things. (either we get salvation or we don't - 100 rubles isn't going to influence that decision.)
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