9 May was Victory Day (Pobeda) in Russia. I woke up to the fact when my building rumbled on account of jetfighters flying overhead on their way to Red Square.
The city was very festive with concerts on the square Lubyanka Ploshchad and the main street Tverskaya Ulitsa being closed to traffic. There were of course the customary parades with crowds of flag-waving, proud local citizens.
And what did I do? Being the dumb foreigner with a silly phobia of crowds I went instead to the Eurovision Press Centre..yes, where I had to grapple with crowds of flag-waving, proud Eurovision fans..