A Night on the Town

I have had a visit from Paul, who is a previous colleague, who came to Moscow to hold some workshops. So, Olga and I took him out on a night on the town. First, we went to this super nice, trendy restaurant and club, Reka, where you have view of the Moskva river. Here we had good food and a lot of whine. I am sorry if some of the photos of this blog entry are a bit blurry or stirred, but I might have been a little stirred myself, when I took them.

Then we went on to a club called Gypsy around the corner, where the DJ did all he could to keep us warm on the partly open air, rooftop dance floor. Even a little rain did not stop the crowd from rocking to the tunes.

 

Luxury Workout

I went swimming today at my new fitness club. It is so cosy and luxurious, and so ridiculously expensive. Almost 80 000 RUR for a year, you do the conversion math. Fitness in Moscow is not cheap at all, and I did not choose the cheapest place. But a little luxury is nice, and otherwise, I don’t spend a lot on myself here. Haven’t got the time. And, I can bring guests, so you can look forward to that, when you visit me. I have been to yoga class too. Very funny, when you don’t understand a word. Good thing I am not a novice, I could follow the moves and poses by looking.

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I have the pool, or at least a lane all to my self. Fantastic. I love swimming.

 

Nice shower cubicles and sauna.

3 Things You Don’t See so often in Denmark

1)  The weekly pile of paper on my desk, where the blue tags indicate, where I need to sign on contracts, invoices, acts of acceptance (of product or service), etc. We have one whole floor in the building dedicated only to archive. Papers, papers, papers. Bureaucracy takes it toll.

2) I live on the fifth floor, and this window on the staircase plateau is maybe put in 40 cm hight. Not really an installation the Danish authorities would let pass. Imagine the panic among the resident parents. Well, not here.

…and finally 3), this TV set, probably black & white. I haven’t seen one of these at the containers in Copenhagen for years.

Isn’t it wonderful?

Down to Gorky Park

The name Gorky Park or Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, as it is called officially, reminds me of the 1980’s Scorpions hit “Listen to the winds of change”. Remember? I liked the Scorpions, I hate to admit, and still get melancholic, when I hear the old hits, which they play so readily in the radio here. Anyway, this post is not about Scorpions, but about Gorky Park. Back in the eighties, when we all sang …down to Gorky Park…I am sure it didn’t look like it does today, where some complain that it is all about amusement. Even IKEA had the catalogue launch here this weekend. So cool.

 

 

 

 

On top of the launch, the park also hosted a food festival this weekend.

 

 

 

I went with Pauline, a wonderful colleague, who unfortunately is leaving Russia very soon, I am sad to say. Thanks for the good times, Pauline!

As you can see, this park is all about leisure.

 

Thank god the weather was nice on Saturday, otherwise it has been raining a lot since I came back from DK.

 

 

Wonderful vacation

Hi all,

You just thought you’d got rid of me? No, I have just had a LONG vacation. In wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen, here in the neighborhood and with a view from Tine and Morten’s apartment, my lucky friends.

Then on to Bornholm with my family.

And then on to a week full of yoga and meditation on Drejø with a lot of natural beauty, and silence. I still hear OM (AUM), the original sound of the universe. If you ever want to go somewhere very beautiful, I can recommend to see the small islands south of Funen.

Then to Amsterdam, visiting Heidi, hanging out in North A’dam at one of the new cafés opening in the industrial area at the river Ei.

Then a quick trip to the North Sea with Camilla. Here are some of the old German bunkers redecorated. What to make of it? And a nice dinner with a good veggie meal for me in a restaurant in an old beach hotel, where we stayed the night. Next day some sightseeing, among other things this impressive oil rig, which we learned about the night before by some real tough oil drillers.

AND NOW I AM BACK IN MOSCOW 🙂

Doing Moscow with Nanna

This weekend I had a pleasant visit from my dear friend Nanna. We were so very efficient in our sightseeing/doing-the-city efforts, that any stereotype Japanese tourist would be envious.

Friday we went to my favourite restaurant the White Rabbit.

Next day we went on an extremely long guided tour named with an extremely boring guide, a tour named “Stalin’s Moscow” which, potentially,  could have been very exciting. And we did see some nice buildings as here below one of the so-called seven sisters.

The FSB building, formerly known as the headquarter of the KGB on Lubyanka.

The former KGB political prison, which of course never existed.

…met with Connie for a late lunch at Strelka with a view to Moskva river.

The Alexander Garden in front of the Kremlin, and the Cathedral of St. Basil on the Red Square.

Saturday evening, again a nice night out on the town on Reka.

Sunday, on the way to Izmaylovo Market, we inspected the peculiar and infamous Soviet metro art.

…the market.

…and in the evening, the Circus. As you might see in the background, there is a photo opportunity for children with a live-probably-doped-tiger outside the arena. I did not dare go very close, because I am a chicken, and I am sure they get eaten by tigers.

So as you see a heavy program, and then Nanna actually went around the city on her own today. I hope she feels, that she has done Moscow, but is not done with moscow.

My IKEA Home

I promised to post some more photos of my flat. I feel at home here, in my all-IKEA home, although I still need to find something to put on the walls. But you don’t see this on the photos, because I chose the good angles 🙂 Look at this wardrobe, where you can pull out the shoe rack – are you getting my sale pitch here?