Every Monday at school at the beginning of the day we have to share what we've done over the weekend - yes it's like show and tell at primary school, but we only have the language of primary school children! Every week so far I've been like... 'errrrr I saw friends and went to church.' Pretty boring. I live in Moscow. I should be doing things! So this weekend I actually DID some touristy things here.
Firstly I went to Tsaritsyno, one of Catherine the Great's estates. It is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen in my life! And I went on a scarily sunny day so it was gorgeous! It's like a National Trust park - but Russian. So far I think my favourite place I've found in Moscow. Here's some photos (the first one is me modelling the poetic Russian photo pose)...
Beautiful, da (yes)?
Then yesterday I went to see Lenin in his mausoleum as I’ve never actually seen him. There are many skeptics as to whether he’s actually real or whether he’s just a waxwork. Hmmm. It’s hard to tell. You have to literally go into the room where he is, walk round without stopping and walk back out. So kinda hard to get a good look! My thoughts are he probably is at least a bit real but all that preserving him has made him into a bit of a waxwork! All the ‘Soviet Heroes’ grave’s are behind Lenin’s mausoleum as well so I saw where Stalin is buried as well (and resisted jumping on it. Just.). Obviously I don’t have any photos as cameras are STRICTLY forbidden, but it was interesting. Worth going to if you go to Moscow!
And I’ll end this blog with two more Moscow observations...
Remember fruit flavoured chewing gum? Either that doesn’t exist in the UK anymore or I’ve ignored it for years because I haven’t seen it for ages. There’s loads here… At the moment I’m enjoying strawberry flavour.
Also it dawned on me today that I haven’t seen one chav in the whole 7 weeks I’ve been here. Another point to Russia.