26 March 2013

moscow through someone else's eyes

How strange can it be showing someone else around your city? Things that were strange suddenly become things that you are wise about; spitting information and facts, retelling events from previous visits to the location, you-you are the expert in something you never felt expert in. Because you are no longer the tourist. You're the resident.

This weekend, Ben's best friend from college, Aman, came to stay with us. He's currently living in a country close to Russia called Belarus and he made a quick journey to our fair land for the weekend. Aman is a fantastic person to show around a city for a weekend; his father is a diplomat and he has grown up all over the world. His worldly insights were very interesting in our little tour about the center of Moscow and I was grateful we all got to spend some time together recounting our fabulous college years. Oh Beloit. You were a strange bird.

I thought about writing a bit about Aman's treatment while he was here, but I don't think I will anymore. Nothing was necessarily significant, and it's hard to be sure if some of the things that occurred were unfortunate coincidences or actual racist encounters. I don't feel right casting that thought out, so I'll just keep it to myself, but perhaps be more wary of it in the future.

Here are some photos from our weekend.


The train station at Novoslobodskaya. So beautiful. I do plan on one day going to all the magnificent train stations in Moscow and photographing all of them for this blog.



A random restaurant. Not too exciting.


Off in the distance. How Soviet does that look?


So amazing to see St. Basil's again. I noticed so much more about it this time. Like the texture!





I was too nervous to ask anyone to take our picture the last time around. 



Our wanderings through the streets...





7 comments:

  1. The first picture messed with my eyes a little - ha - it looks like some kind of hall of mirrors/magic eye thing!! And no matter how many pictures of st basil's cathedral I see it continues to be completely bizarre!!

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    1. What's completely bizarre about it? It's just an awesome temple made of candy!

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  3. ...erm, if your not too busy looking for a hotel in Delhi I just came across this little snippet on the BBC news website - If you can't view it from there never mind but its just a wee bit about the metro where you are. Ok well its late, Mus-go. (that joke doesn't work out too well written down - heyho)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-21999472

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    1. Haha, yeah weird spam. Thanks for the video! I've been to every Metro they showed-amazing aren't they? Thanks for thinking of me! xo

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  4. I love these pictures of Moscow! We adopted a baby from Moscow 15 years ago (she's now a sassy 17 year old) but I've never seen many pictures of the area. We offered to take her there for her 16th birthday, and all of us go there as a family, but she wasn't interested in going back. It is so neat that you live in Russia; I'm excited to read more about it on the blog in the future.

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    1. Thank you for all of your kind comments! I just read through them all. That is so cool that you have such a connection to Moscow! It's a marvelous city, I hope you get to visit it some day! So glad to have "met" you!

      xoxo

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