I wrote this post from the train as we were heading back to Montpellier from Sélestat, a small town in the Alsace region.
Even though we have quite a few injured players right now, we played really well and left nothing to chance. This game was the last one before Sunday’s French Cup’s game against Saint Raphael.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I wanted to share a few moments from out trip to Russia last week. The trip itself was really long, as we took the bus from Montpellier to Lyon, spent the night there and then travelled the next day from Lyon to Munich and finally Moscow.
In the past the matches were played in Moscow and the club was called CSK Moscow. The club then changed to Chekhovski Medvedi and moved to the town called Chekhov, which is still within the Moscow region but is about 60 km out of the city.
I can tell you this much, in my opinion Moscow is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world with amazing architecture. However, Chekhov is quite different; it’s a small town that doesn’t have the infrastructure or the lifestyle of Moscow. The centralization to Moscow is very apparent.
A short walk on the streets of Chekhov, where there was about -3°C during the day and -13°C during the night, was quite a change from Montpellier haha. There are also a lot of monuments reminding you of the era of the Second World War and Russia’s victory over the German forces.
After our match we immediately left for the airport again, which is also located about 60km out of Moscow. Some of my teammates and I decided to check out the city’s Red Square while we waited for our flight. We called an Uber, that charged us a total of 13€ in one direction and the ride lasted about 42 minutes, which is practically nothing compared to how expensive it is in France. If you’re visiting Moscow, I would highly recommend you go the similar route and order an Uber, as the taxi drivers are a lot more expensive and can really overcharge you.
After checking out the Red Square we went to a really nice bar and restaurant called Mandarin Combustible, which had really great drinks and was only about a 5-10 minute walk from the Red Square. The Red Square as you can see is amazing!
Masa and I are planning on taking a trip to Moscow this summer hopefully and I’m excited to visit more of the city. It’s hard sometimes to be a tourist on trips because we usually just come in for the match and leave again so I was very happy that we were able to take some time for visit, even if it was very short!