Lenin's Mausoleum (Lenin's Tomb)

Today I visited Lenin's Tomb, in Moscow's Red Square, but the mausoleum was closed until the end of April so unfortunately I cannot confirm that Vladimir is still dead. Perhaps the Russians have devised some diabolical plan to bring their revolutionary leader back to life, or perhaps after nearly 90 years of being dead, it is no longer easy to keep the man's body in good enough condition to be on public display five days per week, three hours per day.

Frankly I'm kind of glad the masoleum was closed. Seeing his body was sort of like a trainwreck item on the itinerary: I didn't want to look, but I also couldn't not look.

There has been a push to move Lenin's final resting place to St. Petersburg, so that he can be buried below ground and next to his mother, as was his wish, but I have heard that this is unlikely to happen until the older generation dies and makes way for kids who don't care. Today's older Russians respect him too much to see him go, even if it means disrespecting his final wishes.

Instead of visiting the body I went to a Russian restaurant called Гуд-Биф (Good Beef) and ate filet mignon and a baked potato for 640 rubles (about twenty-five bucks, which is not bad considering you'd pay nearly half that at McDonald's in Moscow for a Big Mac, fries and a Coke). The filet portion was small but the Australian meat was as good as any I've had in America, and the baked potato even better; together it certainly topped staring at a dead guy.