It has been achieved! The end was in sight and we are now laughing in its great orange face! The biggest lifetime achievement in drinking history goes to myself and Mr. R. Could we make this to a Nobel prize?
You guessed it dear readers. Every Kruzhka on a Moscow metro line has been completed! Out of the 45 still in existence we have completed 46! (R.I.P Okhotny Ryad). We have our orange T-Shirts (bought legally) and some other items which appeared the next morning (Sorry to the Kruzhka on the Orange line that is missing a reserved sign!). It is now our belief that Kruzhka should start a hall of fame in our honour.
As far as we are aware nobody in living memory has completed this great feat! We are the pioneers of modern day drinking. A beer in every single establishment. We are (in our own terms) Kruzhka legends!
It all finished in a mad final week. The party had been planned for the 7th February, the champagne was on ice (330rubles for a 750ml bottle! Bargain!), and the guest list was drawn up. We just had one final hiccup. We had to complete 2 on the blue line before heading to Kievskaya for the party. Then on Wednesday 5th February – 2days pre-completion party - we hit a hiccup. We discovered a new one had been opened at Vykhino! Bugger!
A mad dash the day before the celebrations meant that we were still on track. 43/45+1. It was a sleepless night on Thursday 6th Feb but the magical morning came, work flew by in a daze and it was 16.30. Time to fly from work all the way to Mitino. The party was planned at 7.30 at Kievskaya, meaning we had 3 hours to get from the south of Moscow to the north, have two stops at different Kruzhka’s (and having at least 1 beer in each) before getting to the final destination. It was a hard slog. We got lost, we fell over, we downed pints, we laughed, we panicked, but in the end...WE MADE IT! With 15 minutes to spare as well. 11 people celebrated with us, we cracked open the champagne, ordered beer and ate cheap food. It was majestical. Even better was that it coincided with the opening ceremony of Sochi and as I was in Russia, I got to see all five of the Olympic rings open.
Should anybody want an autograph it will cost 1000000rubles, but I guarantee (maybe) that it will be worth much more than once we die, which could be due to alcohol poisoning sometime soon.
(Aplogies for the spelling, tone and anything gramatical errors. This was written a few weeks ago in a state of intoxication! ;) )