“I will never forget a friend if I meet him in Moscow.” – one old Soviet song says.
Well, this might be true: Moscow is something extraordinary, and everything that happens in Moscow carries the stamp of this uniqueness. Moscow is a city of opportunities, as Muscovites like to claim. And they fairly have the point: in Moscow, you can reach for the stars, if you are determinate and fit for struggle. Muscovites understand and love this a bit predatory and unpredictable rhythm of existence, this passion circulates in their blood, they are born this way. You cannot just move to Moscow and be happy here – you need to accept the city’s rule and fall in love with its dominating spirit at first. Once you dive in Moscow’s vibe for a while, you start realizing why Moscovites always talk about this specific and peculiar happiness which you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Moscow is major political, economic and cultural center of Russia and the largest city on the European continent. Needless to say, it does not lack cultural spots and amazing places to visit. Everything in Moscow is «the best»! Best theaters. Best museums. Best ballet. Everyone who regards himself or herself kind of significant in Russia wants to be presented in Moscow. Consequently, Muscovites have the opportunity to choose from the cream of a cream. https://goo.gl/images/pH9vJr
The locals can enjoy the beauty of Russian art whenever the spirit moves them: numerous masterpieces of famous pre-Revolutionary painters, such as Ilya Repin and works of early Russian icon painters are present in Tretyakov Gallery (visitors can even see rare originals by early 15th-century iconographer Andrei Rublev). The New Tretyakov gallery, created in Soviet times, also contains the works of Soviet artists including a small reconstruction of Vladimir Tatlin’s famous Monument to the Third International and a mixture of other avant-garde works by artists like Kazimir Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky. https://goo.gl/images/GZ0dFE
Impressive halls of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts are a cross-section of exhibits on world civilisations, with many copies of ancient sculptures. It also hosts paintings from every major Western era – those who prefer non-Russian art are welcome to visit Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, and Pablo Picasso exhibitions. https://goo.gl/images/vlSTZX
Muscovites can explore a stunning diversity of artifacts in the State Historical Museum of Russia starting from relics of the prehistoric tribes inhabiting present-day Russia and ending with priceless artworks acquired by members of the Romanov dynasty. To be honest, this list seems endless.
What is the first thing you think of when I mention Moscow? Right, ballet (I do hope, not vodka).
Moscow is the heart of the Russian performing arts: there are 68 museums-theaters, 132 cinemas, and 24 concert halls. Among Moscow’s theaters and ballet studios are the Bolshoi Theatre, the Malyi Theatre, Vakhtangov Theatre and Moscow Art Theatre. Every month dozens of new performances start being played: lots of them are not traditional ballets or operas such as the Swan Lake, but new recently created masterpieces full of creativity and originality. The Moscow International Performance Arts Center has the largest organ in Russia installed in Svetlanov Hall and is known for organizing magnificent concerts of classic music.
Moscovites are people of a refined taste. Moscow State Circus and Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard regularly change their programs so that the locals do not get bored. Seriously, how can people not be happy when the only challenge connected their spare time is to decide which one of the thousands of possible options looks the most attractive to go for?
Moscow is one of the most beautiful cities in the world: even if foreigners might have some objections, the locals would admit it almost unilaterally. https://goo.gl/images/hgZILg
Moscow’s architectural face is diverse, and there is something incredibly charming in these internal contradictions: the picturesque streets such as Tverskaya Street or Nickolskaya Street of the historic part gradually merge with the fashionable wide avenues of the modern place such as Arbat or MKAD.https://goo.gl/images/9w1AYP
There are 96 parks and 18 gardens in Moscow, including four botanical gardens. Moscow is a very green city: there are 450 square kilometers of green zones besides 100 square kilometers of forests. There are on average 27 square meters of parks per person in Moscow compared with 6 for Paris, 7.5 in London and 8.6 in New York. If being happy means seeing amazing views anytime you look around, then Muscovites have nailed it for sure.
ABUNDANCE OF EVERYTHING
If you can imagine it – you can find it in Moscow. Laws are only a hindrance and money buys you everything. Seriously. I bet you there is no problem here to buy a penguin as a pet for a little naughty daughter – yes, it might take time and effort, but it is manageable. https://goo.gl/images/JonJLk
It sounds funny, but a city that was the heart of Communist world only 20 years ago, now has embraced a completely utterly capitalist lifestyle in a sense that a range of products and services offered is just astonishing. Moscow’s shopping is outstanding. https://goo.gl/images/YzMgUh
The GUM Department Store Moscow welcomes its customers with stores displaying articles of some of the world’s most famous brands, retail outlets, but also with leisure and cultural activities, and numerous restaurants and cafés. GUM is also considered to be one of the best-looking malls in the world. Besides, Moscow can boast of great restaurants with all kind of food.
The cuisine is «fusion fantasy» — the food they serve Moscow, you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Muscovites’ happiness partially stems from their ability to satisfy their needs and desires which sometimes them.
It wouldn’t be possible to survive in a gigantic city such as Moscow if it wasn’t that well connected. The Moscow Metro which is one of the deepest subway systems in the world contains twelve lines, mostly underground with a total of 196 stations.
Furthermore, the Moscow Metro is not just comfortable to use, but a constututes a whole world of opulent architecture for visitors to discover underneath the city which includes bas-reliefs, friezes, marble and bronze statues, stained-glass windows and countless mosaics made with glass, marble, and granite in good Byzantine fashion. As Metro stations outside the city center are far apart in comparison to other cities, up to 4 kilometers, a bus network radiates from each station to the residential zones. Moscow has a bus terminal for long-range and intercity passenger buses (Central Bus Terminal) with a daily turnover of about 25 thousand passengers serving about 40% of long-range bus routes in Moscow.
Every major street in the city is served by at least one bus route. Many of these routes are doubled by a trolleybus routes and have trolley wires over them.
For those who prefer automobiles but do not want to get stuck in one of the Moscow’s famous horrible traffic jams, there is a great service from the local internet portal Yandex where you can see all Moscow traffic jams online. This app is so detailed that you can see if there is a traffic jam on even the tiniest street.
TO THE MAXIMUM
Sometimes it seems that everything in Russia is being done in the most extreme possible way. If a Russian is working, they are running on all cylinders. If they are not working, they are not moving. If they are being friendly, they might serve you all of the food they have. If they are being unfriendly, run. If a Russian is humorous they are very very funny. If they are not humorous, back away slowly. This is the land where a doctor will give a lecture about lung cancer and then go out for a smoke break. I believe this is what makes everyone in Moscow a fighter, and a perfectionist.
You might compete in whatever you want, but you are the greatest at what you are doing right now at this moment in time. I feel that this is a driving force behind Muscovites’ ongoing pursuit for self-improvement which turns their life into an adventure, intensifies their life and certainly makes them happier.
In conclusion, Moscovites do know how to enjoy the life. However, that does not render this skill easy. Being full of contrasts and harmony, peaceful beauty and striking inequality, unbelievable luxury and utter poverty, Moscow introduces its own brand of happiness which may appear to be out of your league though.https://goo.gl/images/x2sAb4
Once you start feeling the city as the locals do, once you listen to its pulse and look for experiences it has to offer no matter if it is a day in a fancy museum, a ride by an overcrowded tram or a simple walk in a Red Square – Moscow gets inside your blood. The locals don’t dream their lives but live their dreams, and these dreams are made by their Moscow. That’s where happiness comes from.