We have been blessed with many rays of sunshine while here, despite the rain. One of these happened last night. Our dear friend Olga is sick and we haven't been able to get together yet, but she emailed asking what she or her friends could do for us. We asked her about possibly seeing some cultural event or program, and she suggested the ballet. Her friend Julia, who we were fortunate to spend some time with on our first trip, offered to take us to see Beauty and the Beast at the ballet theater at the Kremlin! We quickly said yes to her offer and before we knew it, we were in our way!
We put on our heels and headed out. We had to park some distance from the Kremlin, and Julia was worried about us walking all that way in our heels. Jeana and I laughed at how awkward we must have looked trying to walk in those things on the snowy cobblestone sidewalks. Julia was so kind and held onto my arm (we see the women here doing this all the time-linking arms to keep each other from falling, and to keep warm I'm sure). I felt like a true Russian!
|Julia and I walking through the underground tunnel to cross the busy ring road.|
By the time we arrived my shoes and pantyhose were so dirty, Jeana had to take a photo if them:
|Dirty shoes and feet.|
|Feeling so blessed.|
|At the end of the performance, audience members brought flowers to the dancers they liked best.|
|The seals of the Soviet Republics.|
The final scene of the story, when Belle's love turns the Beast into a prince, was so beautiful. Their dancing and the music just swept you up in the whole story and it was so moving. I just wanted to cheer for them!
|The orchestra pit at intermission.|
I will never forget this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Thank you, Julia, for another unforgettable day in Moscow! Thank you for adding sunshine to our rain.