So here I am again, this time seven years after the fact, trying to
remember details of this trip so they aren't lost for all eternity and get this
site up to speed as well. Special thanks to Tracy Matsuo, John Lin, and Bill
Rathbone for digging up info and pictures for this!
Trip was $3070 on top of our tuition... Flew US Air and Finnair
Professor Bill Sax
RDU through LGA to JFK through Helsinki to
visa, in Cyrillic. So basically I can't read a thing over there.
As native as 28 American
students can be, we took the native Moscow subways, whose stations were pretty
nice. Something of note was most young couples riding the escalators would
stand with the girl facing backwards, one step up from the guy, embracing. Very
Daves I honestly have no idea why, but our first dinner in Russia was at the
Bar & Grill, an American themed restaurant. I could see if we had been
out of the country for a while and were starting to get tired- yes, I am guilty
of having eaten a Big Mac and gone to a Hard Rock Cafe or Planet Hollywood, when
I actually don't go to those when at home in America. Not exactly sure what we
We then ran
around Red Square at night- Dave and I by St. Basil's Cathedral
Then hung out for drinks in the hotel lobby
World famous Moscow Circus (actually was
pretty boring) Zavelson swears the performance was anti-semetic since the
monkeys were wearing yamakahs
All of us ended up at the infamous Hungry Duck for a pretty late
I did get to dance on top
of the bar, along with a lot of other folks. Becky managed some pole dancing,
and apparently back towards the bathroom some girl was getting some hand action.
Funny enough the bartender here had a Duke baseball cap on- small world.
Apparently it is the
busiest in the world as well, and is considered prestigious enough to do
business lunches here
Tracy- otherwise known as the hammer & sickle Just kidding!
Bunch of us went to The Chance Club, some gay club Laura's friend who
used to be an admissions officer at Fuqua had really recommended as cool- I
suppose good novelty factor. Well we had to walk through what seemed like a
dodgy neighborhood, and the people swimming in tanks that we had heard about
didn't materialize- looked like small dirty fish tanks that I would barely fit
into. This article
I found may explain why. A redeeming factor of this place was that the
guys got in for free, and the girls had to pay a cover. Guy power!
Afternoon company visits: Proctor & Gamble McKinsey This evening we
went to the world renowned Bolshoi
Theatre to see "One of the oldest and greatest ballet companies of the
world" perform Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. While this sounds very cultured of me,
if I hadn't recently stumbled upon the program and ticket stub I would say that
I had never been to a ballet, and sadly I can't remember a damn thing about this
one. I think I remember the place being hot.
We took an overnight
train where I shared a cabin with Dave and many of us hung out a large
portion of the night getting really drunk.
Here you see one of the
public posters celebrating the holidays that were hung around town. I went into
a high end shoe store with beautiful store girls, and a one big security guard
to protect them from mafia, and they gave me the one hanging in their window-
very nice of them.
Below with Susie and Becky.
Shopping I got this nifty
hat as well as a metal flask with Lenin on it and some nesting dolls. A funny
set of dolls I should have picked up were the women Clinton has slept with.