One week Conference
In late August, 1999, I traveled to Moscow for a one week conference with the American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS) and Youth for Understanding. It was a long flight on a Delta Airlines Boeing 767 from New York JFK to Moscow Sheremetyevo 2. I remember this flight really well since I met an official from the State Department who worked at the US Embassy in Moscow. He basically told me to declare my traveler’s checks in Moscow (Bad advise since I nearly lost them when departing Moscow a week later. Thank God for Angelina, the ACCELS Office Manager from Osh, Kyrgyzstan). It took over one hour to get through customs and find our bags (I was traveling with other Program Recruiters and Hub Directors). By the way, there are three main airports in Moscow; Sheremetyevo-1 and Domodedovo (the domestic airports) and Sheremetyevo-2 (the international airport). There are rumors that the Russians may construct Sheremetyevo-3 and Domodedovo-2 in the future.
During my one week stay, the Chechan Rebels (many people said it was the Russian authorities, not the Chechans), starting bombing various buildings in the city. It is safe to say, I decided to stay around my hotel for the week. I did manage to get some pictures of Moscow. The hotel I stayed in was actually across the street from the Tram Depot. Unfortunately, I did not have a digital camera then so I did not get as many pictures that I wanted.
I do plan to return to Moscow in the future and possibly fly up to St. Petersburg. I heard there is really good food there.
I passed through Moscow Sheremetevo 2 again in April, 2016, when I was flying from Almaty, Kazakhstan, to Shanghai, China.