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Day 9 – Volgograd to Moscow

As we started we visited The Motherland Calls (commonly known as Mother Russia), a  statue in Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Russia.
When the memorial was dedicated in 1967 it was the tallest sculpture in the world, measuring 85 meters (279 ft) from the tip of its sword to the top of the plinth. The figure itself measures 52 meters (171 ft), and the sword 33 meters (108 ft). Two hundred steps, symbolizing the 200 days of the Battle of Stalingrad.

Volgograd has a significant place in the Russian history of World War II. It was a city worth visiting for its importance in history and nice weather at this time.

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I would call it the toughest day on the trip which had to start early looking at another 1000 kms. The tiredness of yesterday reduced with half sleep and limited meals could not stop us starting early on this day, we wanted to avoid driving in the night as people get drunk after sunset and roads have no lights. The bright and fresh morning charged us for the next challenge.

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Once we hit the road from hereon our destination was Moscow building a psychological pressure as we had limited hours to cover up. The beautiful scenes on the road sides kept our energy up to continue. On the way we found an off road track and in spite of getting late we could not stop ourselves to get in to find a detour putting us back on the road in a while.

And then it was continuous drive utill sunset for a break where we found some snacks to restart again. It was getting difficult due to tough driving and scary roads.

Unfortunately it was a No Moon completely dark night with 300 kms to go. Courage and strength we continued with driving carefully until we reached Moscow safely at around 2 a.m. Checked in to Novotel in the centre of the city and fell asleep.

Tomorrow we plan to show you around Moscow.

Bye for now !!!

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