The holiday season is a good reason to discover new places or to go back to these places we love so much and see them under the snow. This is briefly how I decided to go back (again) to Moscow…
Russian authorities in Moscow are very good to make you feel like “it’s Christmas”. Just an example, I used not to like the Christmas atmosphere until I went to Moscow. Lights everywhere, decorations, Olympic skating rinks, ice sculptures and Christmas markets absolutely e-very-where ! Even though the temperature was quite low, 15° Celsius below zero during the day and -24° Celsius in the evening (!), you meet people outside, have small shops, flamboyant lights, concerts, street shows that give you a warm side to every corner .
For the sportsmen, some of the city’s parks are transformed into a vast skating rink. A perfect way to to have a good time. From the small loop to the fighter’s course, there’s something for everyone.
The shops are also transformed with their garlands, gifts, balloons and pines. And, of course, there are the best place to warm up a little bit.
I took the opportunity to get out of Moscow and go to Souzdal, located more or less at 200 km from Moscow.
Souzdal is part of what is called the “Golden Ring of Russia”, a group of ancient princely cities known for being a particularly fertile land. For this reason, the city played an important role in the economic development of Russia. It was very interesting to get out of the opulence of Moscow and see another side of the country.
I spent a really great New Year’s Eve in Moscow. Thanks to a dozen people from different parts of the world, old and new Muscovite friends who I am looking forward to seeing again. It is important to give a try to new adventures, to succumb to new temptations, not to limit oneself to the same pattern, to ignore the stereotypes… Overall, you become a better person.
This story was shared by Mathieu.
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