ok, just got out of moscow and now I remember what I didn't like about it the last times I was there. the first few times I went I was a bachlor and you don't really notice the city itself when you are busy getting laid all the time. but the city really sucks. cold, gray, you can't get a decent meal for under 100 bucks, you have to be really carefull not to get ripped off or mugged. I could live a while without going back, although I think I will be back in a few months. at least it will be spring. The one positive point is the huge number of hot women, all figuring that you may be their key to a better life. this led me to think of my least favorite cities: dhaka - right up there. bangladesh is where the rivers on the east side of the indian subcontinent drain, and so bangladesh is one big ole cesspool for a good part of the year. very very poor, the streets are literally under water for months of the year, people walk around in water up to their knees (the poor people, that is). oh, and they don't really like jews. so, there is nothing that makes me feel better about lousy hotel food and moldy hotel walls and driving through streets full of people up to their knees in sewage like reading in the daily local english paper that my kind are plotting to take over the world..... I went 4 times. on the 5th time, I was in the airport waiting for my flight from 11 am until 8 pm, in calcutta (calcutta is sort of like dhaka with training wheels). when they do board us, I casually ask if there was a technical problem with the flight. the answer - no, the fighting was too close to the airport and the pilot was scared to go. so I ask, "is the fighting over?" and they say "no, but it is farther away from the airport and the pilot is willing to fly now". so I decided to send somebody else. gaza - like dhaka, but without the water. refugee camps, poverty, violence.