Moscow Day 1

March 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm (Uncategorized)

After class last Thursday we boarded a train for Moscow.  We were in third class, and many people came through the cars playing music and selling things.  A blind man played the trumpet for us (sort of), and another man played Russian folk songs on an accordion.  One man was selling knives, and sharpened one right next to Courtney’s face.  Probably the strangest person was the guy sitting across from us.  He wrote an ad for us to pass around, and then drew a really bad picture of Courtney.

Upon arriving in Moscow, we got on the metro and went to our dorms.  I found out that I was rooming with one of the girls from the Moscow group who decided against living with a host family.  Of course, no one had told her that she would have a roommate, so she looked really shocked when she walked in to find some stranger in her room.  She immediately decided she didn’t like the situation, and started taking it out on me.

After checking in, we all got back on the Metro and made a beeline for McDonalds.  By the way, the metro in Moscow is absolutely gorgeous.  During the Soviet Union era, the government wanted to give a gift to the people, so they made the ring line of the metro very nice.  There are marble statues, chandeliers, and other beautiful architecture.

We got to McDonalds, which is very popular in Russia, and we couldn’t find a seat.  We finally plopped down next to a teenage couple who clearly didn’t care that they had company because they continued to touch each other weirdly.  I was rather sad because I found out that double cheeseburgers are not large like they are in America, but rather eenie-weenie.  This problem did not last long because somehow Emily, who postponed her veganism in order to experience real Russian food, accidentally ordered two of everything.  Even Kelly, our fluent resident director, who was listening to Emily order, didn’t know where she went wrong.  So I ate Emily’s second chicken burger.  We all agreed that it was one of the best meals ever.

After we finished eating we went to Red Square, which is much prettier at night because it is all lit up.  We looked like tourists because we were taking pictures of everything and ourselves, but it was ok because everyone there was a tourist.  Lenin’s body is preserved and kept in Red Square, and I am the only one in my group who really wants to see it.  I guess it’s because I’m the weirdest, creepiest person.  But people have agreed to go with me when I see it next time (we didn’t have time this trip) because they think they will regret not seeing it.

After Red Square we walked around the city center a bit because we needed to find a place to buy food for breakfast the next day.  We went into a very pretty grocery store, that is apparently a big tourist attraction in Moscow because it is beautiful.  There were stunning chandeliers and marble pillars.  The most beautiful thing in the store, however, were the jars of nutella.  Everyone promptly bought one for the next day.  American products are a rarity in Vladimir, and it was a nice break to be able to be reminded of home when we went to the city.

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