We’re all back in America now, but our last day in Moscow was a memorable one! The day started with a little over half of us waking up at 6:30 am to head over to the Bolshoi Theatre to attempt to get student tickets for the ballet “The Taming of the Shrew.” It was a lovely snowy morning, but when we arrived we did not see anyone with the list for student tickets, so we walked to a nearby coffee shop and had breakfast before trying again. There was still no one there when we walked back, and we had to get back to the university for class, so we started our own list and alligator-clipped it to the door.
When we returned, we went to our final day of classes. First was Russian Songs, and then the 203 class had their media class, and the 303 class had our practical class. The professor brought in russian pancakes and honey for us, which was a delicious way to end classes!
After classes, many of us returned to the Bolshoi Theatre to see if they had been successful in getting student tickets. While our list was gone and hadn’t worked, they were able to get on the right list for student tickets and everyone managed to get a seat. The students who did go to the ballet reported that it was amazing.
Those of us who did not go to the Bolshoi Theatre spent the evening in various ways: napping, packing, or visiting with a Russian friend. I went out for a lovely final dinner with Женя at one of the restaurants that had been our favorite during our time in Moscow.
After the ballet, most students met up at the Bolshoi and we went out for the last time. When we returned, we all packed, with very few of us getting any sleep, and left for the airport at 3:30 am.
Last Friday we began the day with classes with our Russian songs class, which both groups have together. We learned the Russian folk songs “Ой, Мороз-мороз” (Oh, Frost-Frost) and “Ой, да не вечер” (Oh, It’s not yet Night), and then moved on to children’s songs. The first was “Antoshka, Antoshka” and the second was “Два весёлых гуся” (Two Silly Geese). Both of these songs have adorable cartoons to go along with them. After Russian songs, the 303 class went to their practical class, and the 203 class went to their language of mass media class.
After classes, we went to the Glinka Museum of Musical Culture, which has a large collection of instruments from around the world. When we arrived, we received fancy audio guides to listen to as we walked around the museum at our leisure. The museum had many display cases of different types of instruments. Through the audio guides, we could listen to information about these instruments, listen to samples of music played on the instruments, and watch videos of people playing the instruments. The first room we entered had many Russian folk instruments, and then there were also rooms dedicated to European instruments, instruments of the Americas, Asia and Africa, and electronic instruments. One of the people working at the museum showed us their theremin, which is always an interesting instrument. The weirdest instrument to me was a Ukrainian instrument which required two people to play, and looked like a barrel with some hair sticking out. One person would hit the barrel part, and another would grease their hands and slide them up the horse hair.
After the museum, some of the group went shopping, and others went out to eat. The group I went out to eat with ended up walking around places nearby campus, until we found what looked like a good restaurant. It ended up being a central-Asian themed restaurant, with quite the extraordinary decor. We ordered multiple courses of lamb shashlik and then had dessert, before returning to the dorm to relax and retire.