Monday, October 27, 2008

11 Moscovian Facts

I absolutely should be studying right now but instead I'll take a moment to pleasure you with some interesting facts about Moscow (thanks Wikipedia!) as I, quite understandably, can't seem to think of much else today:)

1. Moscow is the largest city in all of Europe.

2. The warmest temperature ever recorded in Moscow was 98 degrees; this was in 1936.

3. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Moscow was 44 degrees below 0. This was in 1940. Thank heavens I wasn't around that year.

4. The average high temperature in Moscow in May (when I'll arrive) is only 65 degrees.

5. Moscow has been rated the most expensive city to live in for a foreigner for 2 years in a row now :(

6. Izmaylovskiy Park in Moscow is 6 times larger than Central Park in New York City.

7. The Moscow metro has the longest escalators in Europe (I can't wait to see that as the escalators in the metro in Kyiv already seemed impossibly long).

8. On December 20th the sun doesn't rise in Moscow until 9:00 AM and sets at 3:58 giving Moscow less than 7 hours of daylight on its shortest days.

9. On June 20th the sun rises at 4:44 AM in Moscow and doesn't set until 10:18PM giving Moscow over 17 and 1/2 hours of direct sunlight on it's longest days.

10. Nobody has a very good guess as to the population of Moscow. Census records show that there are 12 million legal residents but most assume the real number is much much higher.

11. The famous Orthodox church with the onion domes which I posted a picture of in my previous post was built in the 16th century.

Yay! Who wants to come with me? (Don't worry, I'm NOT going in December).


  1. Ooo! Ooo! ME! Pick Me! I want to go!

  2. Me! I want to go! I'm in desparate need a vacation, too!!! And, as I'm sure you well understand, no matter how hard I try to make it otherwise, I left a big piece of my heart in Eastern Europe that I'm sure will always call me back.

  3. No no!! Pick me pick me! I'm your favorite remember! And you're paying right? I knew there was a good reason we were related. He he! just kidding. xoxoxoxo When we play?

  4. Congratulations! This sounds so exciting and wonderful! I did the same thing before going to Ukraine-- looking up every useless fact and figure in anticipation. Some of those did come in handy once I got there, though.