I am retired for 20 years now. Throughout my life my occupations were guide in a Nikolay Ostrovsky (Soviet writer) state museum, research associate in a fund and tour guide. I know German so I run walking tours for foreigners in Sochi.
I am not a native Moscowite, as I was born in Voronezh. But I’ve been living here for15 years, so I know the city well.
I visit Moscow Kremlin two times a year, it’s a must for me. My favourite parks are Gorky Park, Muzeon and the one next to the Novodevichy Convent. It has two ponds and I can swear last time I’ve been there I’ve seen a fishermen that hooked a fish!
My granddaughter is 22, she lives here in Moscow. Sadly we don’t see each other often as she’s too busy studying. My other grandchildren are boys - eleven years and eighteen months old. They live in another city.
Museums are my passion, and luckily I don’t have to pay full price for a ticket to visit some of them. Every third Sunday of a month entrance to some Moscow museums run by Moscow Museums Association is free. I use this opportunity to visit Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Old English Courtyard Museum. Kolomenskoye (former royal estate) is nice, there are lots of places with free entrance there, so you can see the Mill, the Hunting Cabin and the Cabin of Peter the Great, which was transferred from Arkhangelskoye (historical estate located 20 km to the west of Moscow).
My second pleasure is reading. I always read for half an hour before I go to sleep. Now it’s ‘Anna Karenina’ that I reread. It’s wonderful how your perception of the book changes throughout your life. The book remains the same, but you have changed so you understand it in a completely different manner.