Oh, the Red Square! When I first got here it was dusk. I had just arrived in Russia, left my bag in the hostel, and hurried to Moscow's most famous postcard. The sensation was of being in a History book, a mix of nostalgia and excitement, a quite vivid dejavu, that I wish I had a single word for it. One of my trip memories that I really treasure.
The Red Square is more than St. Basil's Cathedral, the "lollipop" of last post. It encompasses Lenin's Mausoleum, in the middle of the picture, where his body is preserved like new thanks to the crafty of embalmers, and also the Kremlin, a magnificent fortress that serves as official residence of the President and hosts orthodox cathedrals and museums, whose walls are visible on the right-hand side of the photo.
Around the square, it is possible to find street vendors displaying reliques of the former sovietic regime as well as actors impersonating the so-controversial big names of old Russia such as Lenin and Brejnev. But do not expect to see much of Stalin around, this is a name controversial even for the Russians. At the time I took this trip, photography was not yet a hobby, so I carried just a compact point-and-shoot camera, one of the cheapest I could find. Smartphones were also just an overlooked trend for me. So here comes one tip for travellers who are not keen to photography or simply do not want to carry a heavy equipment. As I sadly found out when I got back to my country, do not buy a compact camera without optical stabilizer. This is a must-have feature that reduces the shakeness of your pictures, even more for night photos.
As you can see, this photo was not taken during my first time at the Red Square, when I felt in a History book. Such a pity!