Interesting Literature, Incredible Dance & Intense Sports
Post by Bianca D’Alessio (’14) and Karan Shah (’15)
The days are getting shorter, the air is becoming frigid, and the work is growing, but this has just forced us to depend on one another for warmth and support. This week we had the opportunity to read some wonderful works of literature by Marx, Mayakovsky, Bulgakov and watch some films to help us better understand Russian life during the 900 day siege and life during Communism. We were able to see the impact of the 900 day siege at its memorial museum along with our visit to the trenches on the front lines of the battle.
Although we were very busy with class work we found just enough time to attend some interesting events. We started the week off by attending “The Little Humpbacked Horse” ballet at the new Mariinksy II theatre. The theatre is extremely beautiful and the acoustics were incredible. It was delightful to get dressed up, go out for dinner and see the stunning Russian Ballet. The ballet was a fusion between modern dance and classical ballet which added to the unique experience of watching it in the Mariinsky II. We ended the week by attending the St. Petersburg CKA hockey game. Many of us were eager to get to our seats while others waiting on line to get our faces painted. When the game started it was thrilling to see the crowd roar with incessant excitement, which lasted throughout the entire game. The stadium was packed with fans and CKA outwitted the opposition, by winning 4 goals to 1. We screamed, jumped and celebrated the win and were extremely excited to go home with new CKA paraphernalia and apparel.