Russia, July 13, 1998
My world-traveled parents visited me in Massive Moscow
|This past week, my parents were here to see the wonders
that I keep writing about, and to visit me. They spent the week doing
the usual tourist thing, along with my twisted ideas of Moscow Fun,
before heading to St Peterburg and the Balitcs. Here is my mom's report:
Impressions of Moscow
By Sarah Jane Vota
Massive Moscow describes my impression of Moscow because everything is massive. Large buildings, large wide avenues, large statues, and a really large city. There are lots of building construction going on all over the city and restoration of the old buildings on the inside and outside.
The people are very European in that they are reserved, and quiet on the streets and on the Metro, but happily laughing on the weekends at the parks in the sunshine. Every Russian that we asked for help in finding our way around the city and on the Metro answered our questions politely and even pointed out the way to us. Russian are tall and slender people that are usually handsome or attractive and do look more like northern Europeans. The young women are quite pretty and all wear high platform shoes while going up and down the endless stairs in and out of the Metro. No wonder the Russians are looking physically fit, they walk everywhere and the sidewalks are uneven and there are steps to all the different levels of the street. The Russian young men are good looking similar to the Danes that we remember from living in Denmark.
Our visits to the Kremlin, the Red Square, the Arbat Street, were opportunities to see the historical sights and to mix with the Russians touring their own country's capitol city. At Gorky Park, we enjoyed the fun that the Russians enjoyed in the amusement park on a sunny Saturday with their friends and family. What a wonderful week in Moscow.
Ann, Wayan's housemate was so gracious and hospitable. Spaseba, Ann.
Wayan was the perfect host and took us to Russian restaurants, the Ismayalova market, Gorky Park, a nighttime walk in the Red Square, and helped us with our Metro plans to get around the city. He also prepared delicious Russian meals at his apartment and made us feel so welcome. Thanks to Wayan, we had a fantastic visit in Moscow.