Sunday, March 29, 2015

Double Date

We went to dinner last night with another couple, to Mama Zoya's, a great little Georgian restaurant next to Novodevichy Monastery. (...and order their khachapuri lobiani - so delicious!)

This particular couple has a similar background to ours: university study abroad programs in the Soviet Union, grad school in Russian lang & lit, multiple tours in the Russian-speaking world. They both speak excellent Russian - she's "just a spouse," but probably speaks better Russian than many of the officers here.

Anyway, it was fun just chatting about the myriad ways Russia has changed since we were first here, reminiscing about the olden days.

On the way home we stopped to admire the Monastery. Tragically, there was a fire there a few weeks back, which destroyed part of the structure, but it still looked beautiful in the moonlight. Phone camera pictures don't do it justice.

You can kind of see the burnt-out tower, up there on the left side of the photo.


We were almost back to the Embassy when we happened past a bicycle parade. The whole street in front of the Embassy was shut down as hundreds of bicyclists cycled past in the dark.

The four of us waited for the parade to pass so we could cross the street.  Said the other spouse: "Just when you think you've figured out Russia...."

Bicyclists as far as the eye can see. And then some. 

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