Ice Skating at Gorky Park

So two things that I have done recently around Moscow are ice skating in Gorky park and walking around to see the Christmas lights.

Ice Skating at Gorky park is no “Mall of Memphis” experience! The park floods the area around their big fountain and then the walking paths for about 500 feet our from the main area! There are coffee stands, food stands, restaurants and more dotted around as well.

We decided to go at night, which was lovely because the lights were on. It just happened to be snowing all day, too. The snow made it interesting because there was already about an inch and a half of snow when we got there and about 3″ when we left!

This was my first time on skates since probably high school so I learned a few things. Yes, I can still skate, barely! Yes, I need my own skates not rental ones. Yes, I need to go somewhere less crowded to get back on my feet with ice skating (it was a bit manic!) Yes, I stayed on my feet for the whole time, though I did nearly get taken out by some kids and I did nearly take another woman out!

I didn’t manage to get any pictures of skating but I did get one of me and Anne after we stopped for dinner at a fantastic restaurant on one of the trails.

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So update since I went is that I now own my very own pair of skates and am looking forward to practicing at school on one of the two ice rings, until I can get out for my next Moscow skating adventure!

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