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Our adult students enjoyed an intense programme of cultural activities in Moscow

Teacher: Ekaterina Gruzova.

From May 19 to 27, 2018, our adult students once again went to Moscow to get more familiar with the Russian language and culture. They stayed at a hotel on Tverskaia Street, one of the famous central streets. On the very first evening, all students visited the Red Square and took a huge number of photos, and on Sunday, they made their way to the Kremlin, the Cathedral Square and the Tretyakov Gallery. In the evening, our students visited the Grand Theater! August Bournonville's La Sylphide, one of the oldest Romantic ballets performed today, impressed everyone by its beauty and elegance!

In the sun's rays, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on Volkhonka appeared before us in all its glory. Some students prepared a short report about the history of the temple and shared it with other members of the group while speaking in Russian. We climbed to the very top of the temple to see the bells and contemplate Moscow that was out in the open.

This time, we didn't stop there, but penetrated into the very depths of the city, went 65 meters, or 18 floors down from the top of the ground, with subway trains overhead! The bunker-42 on Taganka struck everyone's imagination! It is here that Stalin had built a secret fallout shelter in the event of an atomic attack in the 1950s.

In the evening, everybody enjoyed a unique nightlife in Moscow! The dinner on the Radisson Royal Flotilla boat was just delightful, because you could go to the deck and enjoy the sunset and night Moscow from the river! The kitchen here is very good and offers delicious black dumplings you cannot taste anywhere else in Moscow!

The Museum of Cosmonautics at VDNH also pleasantly surprised our travelers. Here you can enter the space shuttle and see in what conditions the cosmonauts live during the flight. The next day, our students made their way themselves to the Letarium, to fly just as real cosmonauts do while training for their missions. The huge pressure of air in the pipe raised them high up, as the mentor's support helped them calm down and get a real pleasure from the flight!

And to relax, we went to the village to the real Russian sauna on Thursday! For the first time in their lives, our students got warmed up with birch and oak twigs, tried some pickled cucumbers, cabbage and Russian vodka, as well as the juicy hot shish kebab.

At the end of the week, everyone went to the Old Moscow Circus (Yuri Nikulin Circus) on Tsvetnoy Boulevard for the Moscow – Monte-Carlo Performance. They went out being as happy as kids, and many said that they had never seen anything like it in their life!

Moscow never sleeps and offers countless dance floors and clubs, so our evenings were lively and cheerful. We visited the most interesting restaurants of the city with the kitchens of former Soviet republics, but also got into concerts of Russian performers for free.

Moscow, sunny weather, smiles, the eve of the World Cup and its festival atmosphere were transferred to us! Our students have kept this joy and will never forget it! The trip was highly successful!