Performing the "Gruffalo," a kid's theater favorite, at the Jewish Cultural center. We sang, narrated, and danced our way through and the kids LOVED it. They were trying to touch our hands and climb up on stage like it was a Justin Bieber concert. Props to Chase who came out in the Gruffalo costume and made more than a few kids cry. After the show, they all wanted a photo with him though ;)
Thanks to some kind friends, I tried my first extreme air sport here in the outskirts of Moscow. Paragliding is like riding a roller-coaster and flying at the same time. Unlike sky-diving, which is a free-fall plummet, paragliding gives you the feeling of weightless flying. As the instructor maneuvered our chute, we made bird-like circles through the air, making my tummy drop and tumble in a way that I've only experienced at Hershey Park. Thanks to the Dutken boys for letting us accompany them in their adrenaline-pumping hobby!
If you're looking for eggs in a Russian grocery store, don't head for the dairy section. Don't even head for the fridge at all. Eggs are kept unrefrigerated, right in the aisles next to the bread and pasta.
Don't eggs need to be refrigerated? If not, why do Americans waste so much cooler space and energy keeping them chilled? Am I at risk for salmonella or whatever?
Turns out you're probably MORE at risk of salmonella in the States. The FDA does not require that hens be vaccinated against salmonella, despite the approximate 142,000 salmonella-related illnesses that are reported every year. Refrigerating eggs minimizes the risk of contamination.
Meanwhile, vaccination of hens is required in Europe. Therefore, the eggs in the fridge and on the shelf are equally free of salmonella and safe to eat! Yay.
I'm sure there's a lesson in here somewhere about child vaccination, but I'll let you draw your own conclusions....
In Russia there is no Harry Potter...
There is only.....
My students kept talking about this Garry fellow. "Dafuq is this Garry??" I said (well, thought). Little did I know, he is Harry's soviet alter ego. Culture shock ensues.
When you first come to Russia with dollars
BUuuuut then you have to pay off your students loans from your ruble salary
When Russian is hard and you just wanted to purchase some gum
Many people have warned me that Moscow is a hard city to navigate for foreigners if they don't know how to speak Russian. With this in mind, the number of English speakers has been much higher than anticipated. Russians who don't speak any English but try to help helpless foreigner (me) regardless have been even more in number.
Before we begin- today marks the one-month anniversary of our journey in Russian. Thank you to the over 1,000 people who have viewed this blog in that time. I never expected that this online journal would be viewed by many more than our family. Seeing as how I've only been here for a month, though, I'm still a total Muscovite n00b, which is why there is a 101 in the title. Give me some time to finish the crash course before moving on to 200 level classes.
Now to the main course:
Didu, 5 minutes from Chistye Prudi, is one of the coolest concepts for a bar/restaurant that I've seen for a while. For 15$ we got an appetizer and a bottle of wine, making it a great spot to pre-game. The best part, though, is that every table receives a pile of clay with which you can create whatever sort of figure or shape your tipsy little hands can mold. As we talked, sipped wine, and fiddled with our "master-pieces," the time slipped away. You can bet I'll be back to visit our mini, legless lax man.
The currency of Russia is the ruble. Most foreigners pronounce it like "roo-ble." Yet, there have been many instances thus-far where Russian friends have pronounced the word like "ruhbble" (but only while speaking in English). It's really kinda funny, and here's why:
If you say rubles, however, my mind automatically connects to the word rubies.
The writer of Not Home Syndrome can be seen wandering around Moscow, searching for pour-over coffee