Thanks to my one month in Moscow, I think I’ve acquired enough stuff to open up my very own Russian souvenir store here in the states. Well, maybe not…compared to last year, I didn’t actually buy that much (amazing, I know). Here are two things that I did buy, though:
This is a chess set I bought at a store on Starry Arbat in Moscow. I actually saw this chess set at the souvenir market last year when I was in St. Pete, but I didn’t buy it because I didn’t know how to play chess. I learned to play last month while I was in Moscow (spaseeba, Luka!), though, so now I actually have a reason to own a chess set. Anyways, this chess set is US vs USSR. The board has pieces of a world map on it, and the pieces have US and USSR colors and symbols on them. The pawns are US and USSR leaders.
This is a matroyshka (stacking dolls) set that I bought at Izmaylovsky Park. The dolls are (from smallest to largest): Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and Putin. This is not your ordinary set of stacking dolls, though. As you can see, each doll is wearing a hat. I’ve never seen stacking dolls with hats, and these were so adorable that I had to buy them.
Nothing new going on here. The desert is boring and I would give anything for another 2-4 weeks in Moscow. We tried the new Las Casuelas in La Quinta…it was so-so…best to stick to the Cafe in Palm Desert or Nuevas in Rancho Mirage.