On the bucket list Sara and I wrote out, there is one place I was particularly excited to visit: The Street Art Museum.  Sara and I had previously failed to visit as we sat on a bus on a sunny Wednesday and checked the address on the website.  It turns out that the museum is only open Fri-Sun.  This ultimately resulted in us spending another hour to get back into the city center because we had no clue where we were.

Regardless, we were dead set on returning.  We arrived on a sunny Friday afternoon, and it turned out that admission is free until 6 p.m every Friday (woohoo!).  Though this was a small victory, it also turns out that the majority of the territory is only available to be viewed on guided tours only given on Saturdays and Sundays.  Still, without the tour, we had a great time!  It was a nice way to kill a few hours and spend some time in the sun!!! Here are some photos from the excursion 🙂

This was one of my favorites, it reads, “I lost my memory.”< in big letters. “I can’t remember what happened tomorrow.” <in small letters


This one reads : you can never go back


The rest are photos of the exhibits!


  
  
  
  

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I know I promised to write about my experience at the strange theatre, but I cannot find the photos and videos from the play.  I know they exist somewhere on my computer, but for now I will write about a festival I attended with my roommate.

My roommate and I decided to go to a festival run by V kontakte (which translates to in contact- this is the Russian version of Facebook). We had trouble buying tickets because both our cards were not accepted by the site.  We chose to try to attend, even though this park is located about an hour outside of the city center.  Fortunately, we were able to buy tickets at the door.

The day was sunny and slightly windy, but it was perfect weather to attend an outdoor festival.  There were so many things to do! Some stations offered different sports, aerial yoga, and some cooking classes! We participated in a competition to try and win tickets to a modern art museum (pictures below).  We had to come up with a “creative photo” and post it to instagram.  It was quite hilarious.  We also spent a lot of time eating at the different booths that were offered.

There were three different music stages with different performances throughout the day.  I really wanted to go because one of my favorite Russian rap artists was performing.  We spent the afternoon walking around the grounds and checking out the different sections of the festival.  Maks Korzh was the final performance to the event, which really was so so much fun!! Here are the photos from the day!

  
Artwork made from rubick’s cubes


Artwork made from tacks


I will soon be posting a blog about strange car designs in Russia (more to come)

In front of the electronic dance stage


Waiting in line for free coke zero
Wifi password: nocalories


The coke zero boys


Our competition photo
  
  

Final fireworks


Singing along like teenage girls

My roommate and I decided to make the most of the first sunny day in St. Petersburg and head to the botanical garden. I am not much of a walker, but Sara convinced me that the weather was nice enough to walk the 3 miles to the garden. On our way, we found a tiny church that we’d never seen open and had a look around. Pictures were not allowed inside, but the photo below shows the outside of the church. 

 
When we arrived at the garden, we were told that tours were sold out, but that we could buy a general admission ticket. Wandering around, we soon realized why the tours were sold out. The grounds were pretty, but the weather in Petersburg has been cold. This means that almost nothing grew in the short time it has been summer here. A “peony garden” was a grass field, and the rose garden had seen better days. We still had a nice time roaming around and enjoying the sunshine. We ended the day eating dinner at a vegetarian restaurant and walking another 2 miles home. 

Here are some photos of the day! 

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Hi all!

Complete failure with the two blog posts a month, I know.

Here is a quick update: I am writing my final papers. Unfortunately,

my life has been pretty boring.  I will put up a blog post wednesday

about this strange play I saw, and it will have some videos!

For now, Happy Birthday to my beautiful cousin Alyssa!! ❤

and Happy Birthday to Papi Grande, he is my inspiration every day.

He serves as a reminder that you should follow your passion and

beautiful things can come of that. I love you both with all my heart.

❤ Isabela

P.S. Here is a picture of me with two kids I volunteered with for a week.

They are total sweethearts!

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I promised two blogs a month! As April looms closer (it might as well already be April), here is post number two!

I went to Moscow a couple of weeks ago.  I wasn’t going to go because I thought it was a bit expensive and was worried about finishing a paper due on the 27th.  The paper is now completed and turned in, and it was not so expensive after all! I traveled there on a night train that takes about 8ish hours to get to Moscow from St. Petersburg.  Below you can see my nice little cot, kinda like sleeping in a coffin.  It actually ended up being the best sleep I had in a few weeks.

coffin bed

coffin bed

After arriving around 9 am, I went to the metro station closest to the hotel I was staying at with my friend Chris for the weekend.  The one way I can describe Chris is probably a soul friend.  I have also made up this word.  It is similar to a soul mate in that it is someone you probably are meant to be with, but different in that it is not someone you’re supposed to marry. Chris and I had never met until this weekend.  He lived in the apartment the semester before I lived in it during my study abroad.  We bonded over the fact that we lived with an incredibly insane cat and an absolutely wonderful host mom.  My host mom is actually the one that convinced me to go to Moscow.  In her words, “when else would a friend be visiting for a week.”  She was right, and I am happy I took her advice.

Soul friends

Soul friends

Chris and I spent the weekend visiting all the typical sites such as Red Square, and the Novodivichi (sp?) monastery.  The monastery had a freak fire the day before we visited, so I have attached a picture of the damage.  We also visited the cemetery located on the grounds where Tchaikovskiy and Yeltsin are buried.  Bulgakov is also buried there, but we realized this upon a google search we conducted after being there.  We also were able to see the bridge where Boris Nemtsov was shot.  For those of you who do not know Nemtsov just do a quick google search on him, and you can find out more about who he was.  Overall the trip was absolutely wonderful.  I had such a great time (Thank you again, Chris!!!!) Attached there are lots of photos for your viewing pleasure!! Also, I took a Sapsan train back to Petersburg.  This is a fast train that takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes to arrive to Petersburg.  It is a wonderful invention and definitely a nice way to come back after a long weekend.

Love you all!

Chilling with Lenin

Chilling with Lenin

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Red square at 2 am

Red square at 2 am

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Yeltsin's grave

Yeltsin’s grave

Tchaikovskiy's grave

Tchaikovskiy’s grave

Lenin's Library

Lenin’s Library

Monastery

Monastery

The damage done to one of the kupols at the Monastery

The damage done to one of the kupols at the Monastery

Man with a cool shirt

Man with a cool shirt

Metro station that looks like the Soviet star from above

Metro station that looks like the Soviet star from above

can't get the image to turn, selfies at the Kremlin

can’t get the image to turn,
selfies at the Kremlin

P.S. you can click on the photos to enlarge them!

I know I have not posted in a lifetime!

Here is a quick update on what has been going on in my life.  I spent six weeks at home mostly eating and enjoying time with my family and friends.  I always enjoy being home because it is usually a time when I can decompress.  Unfortunately, I did lots of procrastinating and ended up writing some papers very last minute.  I did get to go to vegas with my parents and Analea, which was in fact so so much fun.  I also went to New York to visit some friends and my godmother, Leigh!  I got to go sledding for the first time in my life, which ended hilariously (picture me sliding down a hill of snow backwards).  Almost forgot to say that I was in DC for a day! I was finally reunited with my roommate Meg! (8 months is a long time not to see someone that I used to share a room with!)

Since my return I’ve been reading a lot and spending lots of time at my favorite bookstore Fahrenheit 451.  I also came back to a very clean room that is now filled with my 100 pounds of luggage I hauled over from the U.S.  I am taking a class on Russian Theatre and have seen both Diary of a Madman written by Gogol and Living Corpse written by Tolstoy.  It has also gotten quite warm out, hitting 30-35 everyday.  While that may not seem warm for Texas, it might as well be summer in Petersburg.  There is a photo of some ducks swimming in the melted part of the river.

I am making a promise to put up at least two blog posts per month (maybe more if I do something worth telling about)! Sending all my love back home ❤

-Isabela

NYC sledding

NYC sledding

ducks hanging out at their watering hole

ducks hanging out at their watering hole

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Fahrenheit 451!

Fahrenheit 451!

at the Alexandrinsky Theatre to watch Living Corpse

at the Alexandrinsky Theatre to watch Living Corpse

a very clean room

a very clean room

 

I have decided that I need to see more museums and experience the city around me! I have been so caught up with school work. When I saw Palace Square I realized that I had yet to see it since my arrival this time around. Our university planned a guided tour of the Manifesta 10 art exhibit that is currently displayed at the Hermitage. For those who don’t know (as I did not know upon arriving at the exhibit), Manifesta 10 is a bi-annual contemporary art exhibit that is displayed in a different city every time. There is something for everyone here! Some of the art was quite different than what I have seen before and would consider art, but regardless, I had a great time! One of the pieces is a project that fixed the living situation of the Hermitage cats that live in the basement of the winter palace. Another, that is photographed below takes up a massive room and resembles a partially destroyed apartment complex. While another involved crashing a car into a tree in the courtyard of the Hermitage. Here are some photos from the excursion 🙂

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