Re-exploring and re-evaluating: Moscow

I have been converted. Having visited Moscow on several occasions when I lived in nearby Tver, I never felt particularly drawn to the city. I tried to love it, but each time I went I was let down. Face-control snobbery, expensive food, too big to properly get to know in one weekend, grey… Moscow had always seemed to me to be a very superficial and money-driven capital, the antithesis of the beautiful and culturally superior St. Petersburg in the North. But a recent visit to Moscow over the New Year completely changed my mind. Continue reading “Re-exploring and re-evaluating: Moscow”

Celebrating the festive season

New Year is the biggest holiday of the year in Russia. The equivalent of the British Christmas, New Year is a time to be spent with family, eating a lot of food and a time to look forward to the excitement of a fresh start when the clock chimes midnight. Christmas itself is celebrated on the 7th January, according to the Julian calendar, and is not regarded as the main holiday as it is in the UK, rather being celebrated as a religious holiday. And whilst the 25th December is just an average working day in Russia, I took advantage of my dual-holiday opportunity and attempted to create my own Christmas also. Continue reading “Celebrating the festive season”

Russia doesn’t believe in Halloween

Halloween. A traditional holiday based on pagan tradition, a harmless excuse for a good party or an insidious subculture of satanic worship that will brainwash our children?

Anyone who knows me will know how much I love Halloween. At this stage in my life, I’d say it is my favourite celebration. Memories of guising, parties, scary movie nights, ducking for apples, pumpkin carving and, of course, planning that perfect scary costume, fill me with excitement each year as the 31st October rolls around. Continue reading “Russia doesn’t believe in Halloween”