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    Nov242011

    Standby Moscow!

    You can always tell winter has arrived in Europe by going to Moscow! Even though the UK is still mild (suggesting Autumn), Moscow is -5 degrees celcius!  So, I need to remember to pack a hat and gloves because after we arrived yesterday I nearly got frostbite from trying to put the engine covers on!  Flying in the cold is no problem, but the work starts after you have landed - we had to pack up all the drinks from the aircraft and put them in a warm room so they don't freeze, and we do the same with the chocolate too!  Then the aircraft water systems have to be completely drained so the pipes don't burst, which includes the toilet.  Then all the covers go on outside, so snow doesn't get into anywhere it shouldn't.  So, after landing, it's a good hour before you can be on your way to the hotel.  And in Moscow, that means joining the traffic jam and spending one and a half hours in a taxi to the hotel!  Thankfully, we have a days standby here before we fly back to warmer climes.  Hopefully, the aircraft will still be working when we return to it!!

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