Kolomenskoye Park and an update!
I have sooooo many things to write about. I am getting way behind here. This week has been crazy for me, but thankfully things are settling into place now and everything is just so exciting! I moved into Moscow on Thursday night and so have spent yesterday and today slowly getting things sorted out as I have time. There is still LOTS to do, but at least my room is somewhat organized chaos now instead of just chaos. Tonight I took a walk through my new neighborhood to find one of the small grocery stores my roommate told me about and I couldn’t help but smile the whole way as I watched kids playing on the little playground, and saw our little hockey arena (maybe they will turn it into an ice skating rink come winter, like some other places I have seen???), and enjoyed the fact that it’s such a short walk to the grocery store. Although, after shopping there I don’t think I will do my regular shopping there. It’s close, but it’s very expensive (things here are already expensive) and they don’t have a very good selection, and the produce isn’t very fresh looking. But there are other stores that are just a little farther away so it’s ok. I just love the fact that things are close now. I don’t miss the marshrut one bit! (Although I will be riding it to church tomorrow, ha. I still get it on Sundays.) Tomorrow will be an adventure as I am trying a different way to get into Domodedovo for church, hopefully it will be a small shortcut and not end up being a long detour due to me getting lost.
Anyways, there is so much to say about all of that. The new apartment. Living IN Moscow. Russian roommates, GOOD internet. Etc, etc. I will post more about it later and put up a few pics. But for now I will post some pics of another new park I visited on Tuesday, Kolomenskoye Park
I wish I had allocated more time for this stop, since there was much more I didn’t have time to check out, but I am glad I at least got to see some of it. It’s a gorgeous park! There were a lot of Korean (I think?) tourists wandering around in a tour group (I love tourists, they make me feel less…I don’t know…I feel more at home with them around.) as well as a few groups of school children. There were also a few fishermen hanging out as well. I wandered around, making my way down towards the Moskva River when I heard the church bells strike 3 o’clock. Then they proceeded to play a song and as I got closer I enjoyed listening to it. Then it got more and more enthusiastic and vibrant and I was struck by how simply gorgeous the piece was that I actually stopped and just looked at the bell tower for several minutes, listening to the song.
And then I saw him. Yeah, I know, I am real observant. It took me several minutes to realize someone was actually playing the song up there! He was pulling on the bells’ ropes with his hands and pushing a pedal with his foot. I was stunned. By then the Korean group had also showed up and realized someone was up there, so we were all taking pictures of him.
When his piece was finally over (it was a very, very long song), I felt like we needed to give him a round of applause or something. It felt so odd to just walk away from something so beautiful and not acknowledge it. So I am acknowledging him here. Bell player, that was one amazing song. Kudos. I don’t know if there are multiple people who take turns playing up there or not, but if not, he must surely have some buff arms from pulling those bells so often!
I will definitely be back to explore more of this park!