Russia

The Golden Ringlet: Yaroslavl and Rostov

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Europe, Play-by-plays, Russia, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Golden Ringlet: Yaroslavl and Rostov

As part of the school program in Russia, we took a three day trip to Yaroslavl and Rostov (pictured above). Both the cities are considered part of the “Golden Ring”, a circuit of historical Russian cities (which also includes Moscow and is basically sold as a tourist draw). We didn’t have a chance to visit all the cities, just the little ringlet unfortunately. Yet it was still very informative for us to also get away from Moscow, because the farther you go, the more of real Russia you see. Yaroslavl was built on the river Volga and the river has always been instrumental...

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Moscow: First Impressions

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Europe, Play-by-plays, Russia, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Moscow: First Impressions

My thoughts and first impressions about Moscow are, in a word, many. It is a city filled with people (12-14 million), contradictions and dualities. It is East meets West, modernizations meets Soviet nostalgia, and a whole lot more. While I am here for school trying to pretend I am a local (hah), I am also a tourist, so I get to take cheesy photos of buildings and not feel any remorse. On my second day, my group did a bit of a tour of the main spots: Red Square, GUM shopping mall, some monasteries, plazas, and Moscow City(high rise office buildings). I won’t bore you with details...

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