Moscow is so sweet. I think I like it more than Saint Petersburg. There seems like a lot more to do here whereas in St. Pete it was Nevsky Prospect, Nevsky Prospect, and more Nevsky Prospect.
Yesterday we went to Sculpture Park, (located in Gorky Park) the final resting place of the various Soviet era statues. The most well known statue there is that of Felix Dzherzhinsky (founder of the Cheka, the forerunner to the KGB). The Dzherzhinsky statue used to sit in front of the Lubyanka (KGB Headquarters) until it was pulled down by Russian citizens during the fall of the USSR. There are also statues of Lenin, Stalin, Brezhnev, etc. Afterwards we walked along the Moskva River to check out the ridiculous statue of Peter the Great. It is one of the funniest statues I have ever seen. Then we went to the Church of Christ the Saviour, which was recently rebuilt. The old one had been destroyed by Stalin…he wanted to build a “Palace of Soviets” but that idea never materialized so instead it bcame the site of the world’s largest outdoor swimming pool. Ah, Russia! After we went to the church we had blini! There was a blini stand right outside the church…I have had blini for three days straight…that stuff is soooo good.
Today was the first day of class. Class is alright…I am remembering a lot of Russian from last year…I seem to have forgotten it during the year in between my trips to Russia. Oh well.
We are at the Time Online Internet Cafe at the Okhotniy Ryad shopping mall near Red Square. It’s an underground shopping mall designed by the same guy (Tserteli, I believe his name is) that built the Peter the Great statue and the Christ the Saviour Church. As he is the favorite architect of the Moscow Mayor, he has certainly had ample time to leave his mark everywhere.
Liz just told me that Putin was at the Moscow International Film Festival yesterday. Dammit, we were going to go to that but decided not to! Argh! I coulda seen Putin!
I am still waiting to get my Passport back from the government so I can get my damn cellphone. This place can be really annoying because there is so much red tape…every document has to get stamped (they are obsessed with stamps) and you have like 4 different IDs that you have to carry around.
Well, I got to write a lot this time because I bought an hour of internet time (yay!). Hope everyone is doing well back in the States. The Fourth of July is coming up…I have no idea how we are going to celebrate it. We have met some other Americans in our dorm, so we were trying to think of something to do.