Number of Steps: 15439 (4.87 mi)
More goodbyes today. Ugh – this last week is way too emotional. I started out the morning by purchasing some overpriced flowers in an underground flower shop on the way to class… so that was a weird way to start the day. From there it got a little more normal. We had our last ballet class, which made me want to set things on fire slightly less than usual, so I count that as a win.
|Our elegant ballet teacher Ренат, humoring us.|
Next up was our final singing class, which was some of the most fun I’ve had here. For the last two weeks our singing classes have been split up – 6 and 6 – which means that we haven’t been hearing everyone progress throughout the month. So it was a real treat to hear everyone today. Several people made me cry. Everyone made me proud. It was a really fun way to spend an hour and a half. And our teacher Marina is one of the most marvelous people ever in the history of the world. Last year she told me that she wished I could study with her. This year, she has gone even farther in reminding me how important singing is to me. It’s such a great release. I really need to give myself the gift of voice lessons while I’m trying to write my dissertation. I think it’ll give me hope during the inevitable dark times.
With the magical Марина after our final singing class. She told me no one comes to Moscow twice - I must come three times.
Then it was another day in acting with exercises and etudes – but the big event of the day was that we got to go see a show starring our assistant acting teacher Илья (who is about 25 years old). It was this crazy Russian musical or something about a matchmaker and young lovers and some guy with jowls… very silly, very energetic, a really fun evening.
Back at the dorm I picked up some vodka shaped souvenirs and then we hung out for a little bit with some of the NIU students. Then I turned into a pumpkin. So… our last Wednesday is in the can!