Past week was very busy for me as I had to settle down so many important things: a visit to lawyer to organize my life here without me for the following two years, a visit to relatives, parties with friends and last day at work. Someone would choose to stop working earlier, but I decided to stay at my employer till the last moment. It was hard to say good-bye to people with whom I have worked for 6,5 years, but my last working day was very nice with so many good words being said, with so many presents and wishes to achieve my career goals and to have very interesting life at Anderson in the coming years (second photo in the post is from farewell party at my work).
So, I decided to dedicate this post to saying good-bye to Moscow using some pics I have taken lately. I have two goals of uploading the pics in my blog: the first is just to highlight the beauty of Russian capital and the second one is to demonstrate that sometimes we just walk by and don't see the beauty surrounding us.
I have lived all my life in Russia and got used to pass by Pushkin monument every day on my way to work without paying attention to it. It is a funny thing, but last week when I was in a hurry for my work I noticed a group of tourists in the metro station Mayakovskaya where my office is located. All these tourists were looking up and making photos and I also stopped to see what they were just looking at. You''ll see below the photos of mosaics on the ceilings of the station which I have never paid attention to. Probably my soon departure from Moscow made me care for the beauty of my own city, probably it was just a coincidence, but I looked up and then every single day I made photos of different places and monuments just to have them with me in Los Angeles. See below some of these pics to feel the spirit of Moscow:)
The main Orthodox Church in Russia, in the heart of Moscow, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which was demolished in 1931 by the order of Stalin and constructed back in the 1990s.
This Dybrovitsy Church, which is located near my house. The church was built in pseudo- or neogothic style and has no analogs in the temple architecture of Russia. It is included into UNESCO World Heritage Site.
To sum up, I need to mention that leaving your country for 2 years will not be as easy as it may seem from the first moment. Make sure you spend time with family and friends, visit places of interest in your own city, enjoy the beauty of sculptures, monuments and historical buildings.
It is a pleasure for me to share with you pieces of Russian beauty and I hope you enjoyed it! My next post will be already from sunny Los Angeles.
Alena Kostenkova, MBA'15 at @UCLAMBA