After a long hiatus from his world travels, during which he enjoyed the beautiful Seattle summer, Dolphie is visiting Moscow, the capital of Russia. For almost 1,000 years, this city on the banks of the Moskva River (from which its name is derived), has served, on and off, as a political and power center in the area we now call Russia.
Here, Dolphie is visiting The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, also known as St. Basil’s Cathedral. The cathedral was built in the mid-16th century in honor of the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. (Doesn’t that sound just a bit like something from a Harry Potter book? Harry Potter and the Capture of Astrakhan! On a tangent here, many made-up words and names in English fantasy novels are based on other languages. For example, J.R.R. Tolkien drew inspiration for one of his Elven languages from Finnish. Perhaps J.K. Rowling looked to Slavic languages for some of her names.)
(Two things: 1 – AW80D stands for Around the World in 80 Dolphies, wherein we follow the international adventures of Dolphie, mascot of Shoreline Community College; 2 – Credit where credit’s due, so thanks Wikipedia, and if you’d like to see where I got my information, just click the links.)