Dancing

Dancing

About two years ago now I was introduced to Helen Carpenter-Waters, by Monica Linford my Pilates teacher. Monica thought it would be a good class from me to get some exercise from an instructor who would help me rehab my back while getting back into dance in a safe way.

Turns out she was super right! I loved my time with Helen and was super thankful to have been able to learn from her. I was also super thankful to have had two wonderful ladies help me rehab what I have only just realized was a pulled quadratus lumborum, I think. What everyone kept thinking was sciatica. I wasn’t convinced but, that was all anyone could figure. After two years with Monica and Helen my back is now stable enough that when I get sore two days after doing something and that muscle hurts I no know that it is muscular and exactly where it is, because it isn’t screaming at me!

Okay so back to my point. I thank Helen and Monica everyday when I take a step on something slippery on the sidewalk or on the road, I thank them because the work we have done to build up my core strength allows me to correct myself without worrying about tweaking my back or causing an injury.

Because of them I have also realized that I want to continue to take dance no matter where I am! So I have found a dance class here. I tried one in October but it was more Hip Hop, which I have realized is not my favorite. So Cheri and I found a place which offers a Jazz/Modern class.

We have only been twice but it is a great class and I am enjoying it. Since Helen asked, last week I asked the instructor to do what we had been taught with me so that I could video it for Helen.

So here it is.

Christmas Lights in Moscow

Christmas Lights in Moscow

Last weekend I was given a wonderful tour of the Moscow Christmas lights by one of my colleagues Cheri who I call my her Italian name Chiara (cuz it’s my favorite!). Cheri has lived in Moscow for a while now and so she asked me if I wanted to do a walking tour of downtown to see the lights.

We had a great time walking around, talking finding out that we both know priests who currently live or are from Sardinia (small world!). Also seeing Moscow with the help of someone who can show me what things are and where I am was super helpful.

Here are some of my pictures.  And here is a link to my 360 in front of the Bolshoi.

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Ice Skating at Gorky Park

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!

That moment when…

That moment when…

Moving overseas to live is full of moments that stand out. Here are some, though I am sure that this will be one of those evolving posts! I just might have to turn it into a page!

That moment when…

You say “When I get home to your parents while you are “home”.”  And then you promptly hope that they didn’t catch that. But you secretly realize that you have found a place that you feel is home and have stopped referring to it as a city or country.

That moment when…

You realize that this:

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Means nothing to you as far as what clothes you should wear.

But this:

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Does

Except when it’s summer then this:Screenshot_20160718-124640

Means nothing to you as far as what clothes you should wear.

But this:

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Does

That moment when…

You realize that you have no idea where to shop when you are at “home” but you can go out and shop in 30 mins flat at home.

That moment when…

You realize that you now have to find out if they take things back in shops because it wasn’t that your battery was dying in your toothbrush. But that you were plugging it into a fat EU socket instead of a skinny one.

The moment when…

You realize that 1/2 of the people who read this will probably not get the moment mentioning fat EU sockets!

That moment when…

You walk past something then turn around and take a second look cuz, really did I just see that, happens. Like this, a contact vending machine.

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In case you are out and about and lose a contact, maybe? Hmmm I didn’t even need to look to know that they won’t have my prescription!
Izmailovsky Market

Izmailovsky Market

Today we had another of our new hire staff day trips. This time to the Izmailova Market. This is the go to place for souvenir market. You can find tons of beautiful things here and also loads of unusual things. It is sort of a flea market meets antique show meets art gallery meets souvenir shop.

I was able to find some Christmas presents and get ideas for more. I found an awesome table set for myself from this lovely lady. She makes them all herself from the carving to the painting. I purchased one of the St. Basil’s sets in the middle section.

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This is definitely one of those places that you take people when they come to visit. And a place where I will be on the hunt for my next piece of art

Here are a few more shots from the day.

And here are some from the train stations on the way!

So in the shot with the platforms you will notice a train line down the middle. This is apparently a line not claimed by anyone to exist! Seems it might have a purpose similar to the Ponte Vecchio.