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Vogue: Special Edition in Russia. The main headline is “Beauty After Giving Birth: An Ideal Body from Elena Perminova,” with the cover model a mother of three. The magazine focuses on retaining one’s “figure” after birth. Women in Russia, and in Europe, rigidly hold themselves to a fashion model standard.
Plums, watermelon, grapes and baked goods are served for lunch by Antonina Vasilievna.
A traditional Armenian lunch at Gala’s house.
Antonina Vasilevna bakes several times a week. She made a Napoleon cake for dessert.
Fall is apple harvest time in Russia as well. These are all from his own trees at the dacha (vacation home).
In many ways, aside from the coffee and cigarettes, Moscow reminds me of Barcelona. Here you can lose yourself in the contrast between old and new. Late in the evening you can find kids skateboarding off the steps of a statue of Lenin. Just blocks away from the colors and zigzags of St. Basil’s Cathedral you can nurse a nine dollar cappuccino. On the way there you probably won’t be able to stop yourself from doing a double take at the Ritz wondering if it’s an unlisted landmark. And of course, you also can’t help but peer at the ways of the old and the new generation of Russians.
The old, having experienced one of the most brutal regimes in the world, once waited six hours in line for two sticks of kielbasa or two loaves of bread (everything came in two’s). Today’s teenagers, born after communism collapsed, are instead struggling to keep up with the latest fashion do’s and don’ts. They are also determined to make out as much as possible in as many places as possible. I think the main purpose of the abundant public spaces and benches is to stimulate Russia’s lagging population growth rate. Then again, who can blame those good looking Muscovites for not being able to keep their hands off each other?
There are some similarities between Moscow and St. Petersburg. They’re both bustling cities with an impressive history and they both lack a sufficient amount of bathrooms for public use. However, St. Petersburg’s never ending selection of cafes allows any traveler more bathroom options. As in Moscow, the bathrooms often play trance music and you have to pay to use them. St. Petersburg is a city on a much smaller scale, unlike Moscow which developed in rings around the Kremlin beginning in the 1150’s. St. Petersburg is on a grid that runs along the many canals of the Neva River. Like the famous Novinsky Boulevard located in the Stariy Arbat neighborhood, Nevsky Prospect in St. Petersburg is lined with shops and cafes, mostly aimed at tourists.
The smell of gasoline and cigarette smoke awakens me long before my first sip of coffee. I never knew it was possible for a city to actually take on that scent at certain times of the day. Then again, I can recall even more pronounced cigarette smoke suffocating me in Parisian cafes and the diesel infused smog visibly hovering over Barcelona each morning. I can even remember a man lighting next to me at a booth at a diner in St. Louis, just a few years ago.
Cigarette smoking in Russia is a favorite pastime. In Moscow, most residents find themselves helplessly immobile without a white bit of tobacco rolled in bleached paper. They are even less functional without their morning dose of crack-caffeine. The coffee here is comparable to the jolting cups you can find in Europe. The menu lists dozens of caffeinated drink, most without milk or sugar. The average American is no match for a coffee shop around here. Sip it too fast and your brain will be throbbing well into the afternoon, too often and you’ll be making best friends with your dentist.
I won’t event get into the beer drinking that starts after breakfast.
See $9 cappuccino below: