Day 19: Day of Reckoning

We’re leaving Moscow today, heading for Berlin and the Western World as we know it. Russia feels more Eurasian and part of the Asian Continent than Europe in many ways. It has been a fascinating foray into the Russian culture, environment, and history.

I am posting a few miscellaneous views of Moscow from the Kremlin Armoury and from on our last day here. Gee Kin has finally mastered his fourth word, uttering Hello! and Good bye! in one conversation. We are now aware of what it takes for foreigners to say “Ni Hao!” in Chinese, and the tables are turned. I am sure the Russians are wincing as we did when others spoke to us in elementary Chinese greetings.

Photos, above:
1. View of State Historical Museum, where some of the relics below are located.
2. GUM Department Store, a shining example of restored buildings in Moscow Center
3. View of Red Square from shopping street

Photos below, from inside the State Historical Museum:

We are sad to leave and feel woefully lacking in knowledge about any of Russia’s cultural treasures. Other than what we read in the local paper or magazine articles, we never pursued any information beyond the information we were fed. I suddenly discovered Wikipedia and on this trip and have been using it regularly to search for all the Russian writers and composers that have been mentioned in guides.

I am passing a few on for those of you who are also curious: For Tsaichovsky:
It is interesting to note that Tsaichovsky was also a music critic. While he considered Beethoven a worthy composer, he was critical of Brahms, Schumann and Wagner. Anna Netrebko often sings in and promotes Tsaichovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” opera around the world.
For Pushkin:
For Borodin (remember “Stranger in Paradise” from Kismet?):
I asked our guide about Baryshnikov. He made a face as if I mentioned a pariah. He is a persona non-gratis. Remember, he defected while on tour with the Bolshoi? Oops. No monuments to him, unfortunately.

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2 thoughts on “Day 19: Day of Reckoning”

  1. I am sorry to see you leave Russia too. My brother Mike and his wife Maggie took a riverboat tour in Russia. I got to “travel along” when they should their pictures and videos and told their stories. I was so surprised at how different Russia looked than I expected! You continue to underline that reality for me. And so I am sorry to see you leave because I still have so much to learn.

    But wait – where are the answers to the translations? Time to get out the translator and do it myself!! Looking forward to the next part of the journey!


  2. We learned alot from the two guides we had, one from each city. The people were great and we are now determined to take an active interest in this part of the world. It is a lonely existence and it is more reflective of a Central Asian state than of Europe. I had alot of thoughts about Uzbekistan and how it is feeding Moscow. Our schools need to do a better job informing students about the who, what, where, why and how of Russia. We are very misinformed. And of course they are likewise.

    As for the quiz questions:

    4. CNTNbAHK


    The language is even cuter with the dyslexic letters, N and R. You can read better when you are cross-eyed or stoned.


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