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Oct. 7 -- Last but not least, a quick word about traffic. It´s the one thing that really stands out. It´s absolutely crazy. Of the seven times I went to the arena, I used at least five different routes because all the roads were jammed. And it is nerve-wrecking, too. This pictures does not tell it at, but it gives you a pretty good idea.

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Oct. 6 -- Not sure what this guy is up to, and, for that matter, why he is carrying a bird. I decided not to enter this Russian restaurant. The food has been magnificent, though. Everyone has been signing praises of the delicious Russian specialities.

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Oct. 5 -- Moscow has a great deal of historic buildings, but it won´t be long until they will be outnumbered by state-of-the-art skyscrapers. There is so much construction going on, it is unbelievable. City maps don´t have a long life expectancy.

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Oct. 4 -- The weather can change pretty fast in Moscow. It was cold on Monday morning, rainy on Tuesday and then pretty warm on Wednesday. And then the sky can just be grey, as captured here over St Basil´s Cathedral and the Kremlin.

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Oct. 3 -- The Clippers are not the only popular photo motive in town. Two hawks and a monkey also draw some interest, at least from this audience in the city center (downtown is huge and everywhere, according to Yaroslav Korolev). We´ve counted at least three cellphone cameras on this picture.

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Oct. 2 -- Right in front of the Kremlin in the middle of Red Square rests the world's most famous corpse. Lenin's embalmed body has been on permanent display in the mausoleum ever since his death back in 1924. What a way to be remembered.

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Oct. 1 -- Russians like it big. The Clippers have been impressed by the sheer size of buildings in Moscow -- and here is why. This skyscraper is one of the so-called "seven sisters," which can be found throughout the whole city. They serve as hotels, apartments, governmental departments or even as the State University. All were erected during the last ten years of Stalin's reign. Impressive, huh?

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Sept. 30 -- The most popular Russian toys - and souvenirs - must be nesting dolls, called Matryoshka. The wooden outside figure contains several smaller dolls. Themes can touch every issue, from politics to humour. The typical number of dolls is five, and guessing from the smaller picture, you know why. MJ was really carrying his team.

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Sept. 29 -- Not much happening at the Saint Basil's Cathedral right now. It's no surprise, though, as the Clippers won't arrive before Saturday evening. Make no mistake - this is not part of the famous Kremlin even though it is situated right next to the famous center of Russian power on Red Square. I have a feeling Sam Cassell would somehow make a difference in this picture.