The movie "The Bucket List" affected many of us who perhaps then resoved to do the things we always wanted to do...... I am a retired Canadian military senior officer. I had always dreamed of visiting Russia. For many years, the time was not right. Recently, my favorite river cruise company Uniworld refurbished the River Victoria, owned by Mosturflot....and lo and behold the dream was within my reach and another item was crossed off my bucket list. The lucky stars were perfectly aligned and I managed to snag two business class seats for myself and my wife YWG-YYZ-FRA-DME (open jaw) LED-MUC-CLT-YYZ-YWG. The flights were a mix of LH and AC and I have nothing special to report about them as they watered and fed us and lodged us according to my expectations. At DME, I encountered my first experience with Russian bureaucracy. The immigration formalities took one hour and ten minutes !!! When I managed to get to the immigration wicket, the Russian immigration officer was certainly a newbie.....she took ten minutes to enter information into her computer and slowly leafed through every page of my passport. Keep your cool milchap was my mantra and smile and again and again. Customs however was a breeze. We hopped on a bus and slowly made our way into Moscow to join our ship, the River Victoria which would quarter us for three days before the cruise left for Saint Petersburg. It was evening rush hour and traffic was very heavy.