One of the most interesting things I found about Russian culture is the sheer number of times I was told to wish.
Above depicts of Russia’s many “wishing locations.” Outside the Kremlin in Moscow one is told to stand in the middle of the seal, throw a coin over your shoulder and make a wish. Simple enough, but it wasn’t until mid-way through my day in Moscow did I realize I was not only running low on Kopecks but also wishes.
Continue reading MOSCOW (FAVORITE LANDMARKS AND LEGENDS) [PART 3/3] Wishes & University
Peter the Great Statue (1997)
This 98 Meter tall statue is probably one of the most out of place statues I have ever seen. Consistently nominated for being one of the world’s ugliest statues, this Peter the Great Statue was also originally designed to be Christopher Columbus. Yes, Christopher Columbus in order to celebrate 500th anniversary of his first voyage. When the designer could not find an American buyer it was then given a Russian twist. Although the designer denies this story, he also sold an equally colossal statue of Christopher Columbus to a buyer in Puetro Rico although it is currently disassembled. Something else that makes this story is interest in that Peter the Great, hated Moscow. Ah, Russia.
Continue reading Moscow (Favorite Landmarks and Legends) [Part 2/3]
Visiting Moscow, one of the most well known capitals in the world, was truly an unforgettable experience.
Continue reading Moscow (Favorite Landmarks and Legends) [Part 1]
When many people think of Russia they think of a certain type of doll known as the matryoshka, a sort of egg shaped wooden capsule painted to resemble a Russian woman. But just how “Russian” are these toys really?
Continue reading The Story of the Matryoshka
Today I had the privilege of visiting a Matryoshka factory but before I even discuss Matryoskhas I want to talk about some lesser known Russian Dolls.
Continue reading A Lesson In Russian Dolls
As stated in my last post on Yaroslavl, the city is a UNESCO Heritage Site and thus filled astoundingly beautiful buildings. Here are a few of my favorites.
Continue reading Some of Yaroslavl’s Historic Monuments and Buildings
Yaroslavl, has definitely been my favorite Russian City thus far. Not only is the historical part of the city a UNESCO Heritage site, but the over arching atmosphere, architecture, and openness of the area been extremely unique to the region.
Continue reading Yaroslavl’s Crest