Margot and I headed over to the Izmaylovo Market, it’s this huge, mostly outdoor, traditional and non-traditional craft market. Margot wanted to get things for her holiday trip back home and I honestly wanted things for me. You have to pay 15 rubles to get in, 50 cents entrance fee to look around, sold! Once you get to the main part, it’s rows and rows of unbelievable items. Matrushka dolls, lacquer boxes, hand carved angels, icons, soviet drinking cups, fur caps, china sets, DVDs, etc.
I bought a non-traditional/modern matrushka doll:
an icon (that’s Mary and Jesus in the center, a bunch of angels, and the symbols of the four Gospels),
a DVD, Admiral, and an extremely traditional matrushka doll.
After spending a lot of money, we headed back to Margot’s to put down all our purchases and to go have lunch at Moo Moo’s, a sit-down, cafeteria-style Russian food chain.
After Moo Moo’s we wondered around looking for the Ice Sculpture Gallery foolishly armed with only a not so awesome Lonely Planet map and Margot’s knowledge of Moscow and ability to read and speak Russian. About an hour later, not the three that Margot keeps on telling people although at times it did feel like it, and after asking the conceirge at the expensive American chain hotel, and after climbing over a wall that was short enough to climb and high enough to climb, we finally found it. As I’m sure that you figured out by the crooked, not that artistic pictures, I’ve never taken a photography class in my life, this is all pure point and click untalent. And it’s never been more clear than when you look at my photos from the Ice Sculpture Gallery.
For some unknown reason we got a discount, so it was only 700 rubles for the both of us, we took it obviously. When you buy a ticket, you get a long fleece jacket and fleece booties to protect your feet. I looked amazing.
Logically I knew that we were going to the ice sculpture, but it never really clicked how cold it was going to be until I went inside…it was the coldest I have ever been in my life, even with the extra fleece. Afterwards we went to some random cafe that had South American style hot chocolate, liquid chocolate gold, just the thing that we need after literally being inside a freezer, a freezer filled with beautiful ice sculptures, but really a freezer.
Then we went to meet up with more of Margot’s friends to take the scenic ride down the Moscow River. The best quote was when everyone else was deciding when to get off the boat, Margot made a comment like, ‘Hey, I have a tourist here!’
And then it was off to Mama Zoya’s for a delicious Georgian dinner.