Written by William Nelson, a Clemson University Sophomore
Our time in Russia began by sitting in our classroom having a meal that our Russian classmates had prepared for us, joking around and getting to know each other. Our classroom is the hub of our activities; it is where we meet for classes and use the Internet.
Recently we walked in to our classroom and on the board there was a message, “One month together!!” It does not seem that we have been on the ground in Moscow for a month, but time truly flies when you’re having fun. The first weeks of our time in Moscow was spent visiting museums and sights around the city, getting settled into our new life as international students, and beginning our classes.
As soon as we arrived in Moscow, our fellow Russian classmates took us in and have been the most hospitable hosts imaginable. After doing all the touristy things, we began our classes. This month we are in a class about using agricultural extension to spur development in developing countries and we are still taking our intensive Russian language course. Once classes began, the time flew right before our eyes. Without much care paid to the matter, our first month anniversary came and went, but our Russian classmates who are constantly trying to be the best hosts that they can be remembered our one month anniversary.
Walking down the hallway, we were surrounded by our Russian classmates and friends, unaware of what awaited us when we entered the classroom. Earlier that evening, several of our classmates had purchased sweets and cakes. We entered the room and balloons were hung from the walls, cakes were on the table, and the Russians began preparing tea for everyone. We wrapped up our one month celebration by sitting around joking, much like we began our stay in Moscow.
Also in this Issue...
- The Tretyakov Gallery by Chris Olvey
"When we got into the gallery our coats were taken and we were given purple booties to wear over our shoes to protect the floor from the gallery’s many visitors. The art exhibits ranged from small paintings to murals that covered entire walls. We were also very surprised by the inexpensive price of seeing all of this classic art, which was about $1.75 USD...."
- ProcastiNation by Aidan Lowe
"Another difference in education involves our attitudes regarding homework. Although we are loathe to admit it, Americans are a bit lazy when it comes to homework...."
- Grey Skies Shinin’ on Me by Malisa Manning
"One (snowball fight) in particular became rather heated when, while walking back from the world finals of the FIS Freestyle skiing competition, a Russian student launched a surprise assault from behind on our unsuspecting group...."
Issue Photographer: Aidan Lowe
Issue Reviewer: Blaise Nicklas
Written by Chris Olvey, a Clemson University Junior
Since taking a Russian culture course at Clemson last semester, I’ve found Russian art quite interesting. After our first couple weeks here in Moscow one of our Russian classmates suggested that we go to the Tretyakov Gallery located in the center of Moscow. Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov (1832-1898) was a businessman, art collector and philanthropist. He started his collection in 1870 in hopes to acquire the largest collection of Russian art ever assembled at that time. In 1890 he finally presented his art to Russia and it is still one of the greatest collections in the world today. Tretyakov gained his fortune by taking over his father’s flax processing business. He later started a merchant’s bank in Moscow that became very profitable, allowing him to start his collection.
The journey to the gallery started by riding the metro for about 30 minutes and then walking through beautiful downtown Moscow; in the cold, of course. The gallery from the outside was beautiful and the inside was decorated with cream and dark red marble. When we got into the gallery our coats were taken and we were given purple booties to wear over our shoes to protect the floor from the gallery’s many visitors. The art exhibits ranged from small paintings to murals that covered entire walls. We were also very surprised by the inexpensive price of seeing all of this classic art, which was about $1.75 USD.
This is a huge gallery that would probably take days to see every painting, but we saw quite a bit of the gallery during our two-hour visit.
The Tretyakov Gallery is home to more than 130,000 art exhibits; from ancient icons to 19th century masterpieces. My favorite artists are Aivazovsky, Shchredin, Levitan and Repin. The Tretyakov Gallery shows not only Russian art but the lives and culture of the Russian people.