Sunday, December 07, 2008
Ice-skating on Red Square
Friday was Parent-teacher conference so the boys didn't have to go to school. After my morning meetings with their teachers, we headed for the city. The ice-skating rink on Red Square had just been erected, and this year's rink is bigger than last year's.
From last week's Moscow Times, "The crowning glory of Moscow's ice rinks is the rink on Red Square. Occupying a quarter of the square, the rink's temperature-controlled surface is surrounded by blue walls bedecked with 1960s and 1970s illustrations of Father Christmas and children on rocket ships welcoming the new year. Music plays over speakers, colored Christmas lights hang above gliding skaters below, a giant Christmas tree adorned with shiny ornaments and GUM signs and topped with a red Kremlin-style star stand in the way of Lenin's mausoleum."
The boys had a great time even though Sean spent most of his time falling on his butt and picking himself up. I watched from the sides as I can't skate to save my life. They both insist I have to join them in the rink on our next visit...and since I'm always saying to them: JUST TRY, DON'T SAY YOU CAN'T!, guess I'll have to practise what I preach...yikes! Sore bum alert!