As an American student traveling abroad in Moscow, I had a number of preconceived notions before embarking on my trip to Russia, however, once I arrived I soon realized things weren't as they seemed. From the very first day walking around the Russian capital, I found out that the Russian culture and people were much more vibrant and energetic than I had expected before arriving.
In place of the stagnant, bland nation that I expected from my knowledge of Russian history and culture was a country full of expression, energy and excitement. Seeing sights like children flying kites shaped like birds, carnival games and even a full-sized Go Kart track, I found myself gaining a new understanding of the unique Russian culture that has developed in the 20 years since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Below, you'll find a collection of thoughts, photos and videos that tell the story of the dynamic culture of Russia.
- Once I got acquainted with the city, I began to notice one thing in particular: The beauty and appeal of the intricate statues and sculptures. After noticing a few of the prominent statues, I found myself subconsciously seeking out new, unique busts, statues and sculptures located all over the city and buildings of Moscow.
- After speaking with a Russian student about the statues found across the city, as well as on the campus of Moscow State University, I found a few interesting facts to add to my growing knowledge of the statues and sculptures around the city. Not only did the student profess to a lack of interest and excitement about figures like Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin and other questionable Soviet historical figures, but she also discussed the significance of these marvelous works of art to the Russian people.
- Now that I'm nearing the end of my time in Moscow, I feel I have completely changed my perspective of the Russian capital. No longer will I see it as the cold, bland place from historical text. Rather, it's a vivacious city whose energy and expression transcend lines of race, culture and language.