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Written by Karlie Tucker, a Virginia Tech Junior enrolled at Clemson University for Spring 2011
On of my favorite aspects of my time here in Moscow is a spin-off of an iconic Russian past time, which I fondly refer to as Metro Roulette. While the possibility of bodily harm has been removed, there is still a large probability for adventure.
Perhaps it is important to explain the premise of Metro Roulette, the main method by which I explore Moscow. With Metro Roulette a metro line and station are chosen at random and the surrounding area is traversed with no destination in mind and no objectives. This method of exploration has led to the discovery of different areas of the city than I would have otherwise found. From the southern limits of Moscow, to areas within the ring, one of my favorite areas so far is Kitai Gorod.
I visited Kitai Gorod earlier this week with Katie Moore. We have tried to make it a habit of getting out of the hostel and seeing the real Moscow, the
one away from the eyes and travels of our fellow tourists. This venturesomeness caused us to stumble upon Kitai Gorod. Kitai Gorod is perhaps the most beautiful area of Moscow I have uncovered so far. While Red Square is awe-inspiring, the quiet streets of Kitai offer up a different version of Moscow.
It was interesting seeing such a historic area. Many of the buildings are of a different era than the remainder of Moscow. Kitai is a historic area of the city with beautiful architecture, bold buildings and quaint streets that seem so far removed from the rest of Moscow. Here even the pace seems slower, life is calmer and cleaner. It is mainly a business district now, housing large banks and shops, however small cathedrals dot the streets and add to the homey, lived-in feel of the area. Two of the most beautiful churches in Moscow are located here, St. Nicholas at Nikitniki and St. Nicholas the Great Cross, both built during the mid to late 1600s. Like many churches, the Great Cross was destroyed under
Soviet rule but has since been rebuilt. Most of the area around Kitai was destroyed from 1930 to 1960, with only those buildings deemed historic left standing. This led to one of the highest concentrations of medieval churches in Moscow, and one of the most breathtaking street-scapes in the city.
Perhaps it was the weather, which was by far the best we have had since arriving in Moscow, or perhaps it was the fact that we “discovered” Kitai Gorod, but I find it to be the most beautiful and breathtaking area of Moscow, with a different atmosphere than the rest of the city.
Also in this Issue...
- The Many Applications of Agriculture by Katie Moore
"I have always been extremely interested in the inner workings of different cultures and I have always hoped to attain a job that encompasses those values (and involves a lot of traveling!). Who would have thought that agriculture would present so many opportunities in international relations? I certainly did not."
- Confessions of a Coffee Addict in Moscow by Marie Vogler
"It has gotten to the point where when we get to the counter he asks us, "Coffee?" And I, of course, always say yes. Then we take our coffee and sit down in the booth by the window and watch Moscow go by as we curl our cold fingers around a warm cup o' joe. I don't even have to load up on sugar and cream! I still do, of course, but that's strictly out of habit…"
- Tough Travels by Shelli Danjean
"Here, you need to set aside a substantial amount of time to go anywhere. Unless you are going to the Apteka across the street, there is no "quick run to the store". Even then you have to face five flights of steps, the slick ice, and speeding cars. You have to put your life in danger just for a loaf of bread!"
Written by Katie Moore, a Clemson University Junior
For the month of March, we were honored to host Dr. Katie McKee from Virginia Tech as she taught her class, Educational Programs in Agriculture for Developing Countries. This course (with an impressively long name, no less) encompasses many aspects of implementing agricultural programs into international communities. I am a history major with the hope of attending law school, thus it is safe to say that I was completely uneducated in the field of agriculture. Dr. McKee, being the enthusiastic teacher she is, offered help and careful guidance throughout the month. Beginning with defining agriculture and concluding with a project involving the management and creation of our own educational program, I have grown to understand the importance of agriculture as a global catalyst.
In a very unexpected turn of events, the teachings of Dr. McKee have helped define a career path I am interested in pursuing. A very important part of the coursework involved the understanding of indigenous cultures. In short, indigenous people are the local people of a country and it is important to analyze and value their way of life to implement a successful education program.
I have always been extremely interested in the inner workings of different cultures and I have always hoped to attain a job that encompasses those values (and involves a lot of traveling!). Who would have thought that agriculture would present so many opportunities in international relations? I certainly did not.
To be honest, I have always had an interest in respecting the working man, and upholding and protecting the sanctity of their knowledge. I believe that blue-collar workers are very much like indigenous people of foreign countries in that they have their own expertise and methodology, which should always be taken into consideration and respected when trying to implement assistance
and advancement. I wanted to explore the application of fighting for and championing the blue-collar man in a realistic job setting (and also one that was very relevant to me as I would like to be an attorney). It wasn’t until the introduction of respecting farmer’s rights and ethics in class, that I believed there to be another usage of my curiosity. However, this time it is in a field of study that is completely different from anything I have ever been exposed to before- agriculture.
Overall, I am surprised by how much I have learned and grown from a course for which we only attended 8 class periods. It’s funny how life has a tendency to give you a push in a direction when you are least expecting it. So, in conclusion: agriculture is for everyone!