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From Russia with Love by PilchardsInOil on 1 October 2004 11:28pm
Anyone been to Russia? I'm fortunate enough to play the Russain traditional instrument (domra), an' I went last year with my orchestra for a study trip. Apart from getting blisters on my fingertips (surgical spirit does not help a bit, apart from keeping the mozzies off with the smell), we went to L'Hermitage, the Broken Circle, and many other interesting places. It was also, contrary to popular belief, roasting hot, with temps of over 30C on most days.

So, any other of you crazy people been to the home of the furry hat?
Re: From Russia with Love by zak on 2 October 2004 4:29pm
No, but i'd love to, it sounds as if you had fun!
Re: From Russia with Love by intrepid on 2 October 2004 5:16pm
I haven't been to Russia. What's the Broken Circle? And what's a domra, and how do you come to study it?
Re: From Russia with Love by Helen on 2 October 2004 8:32pm
I have lots of ancestors from Furry Hat land-- never been there myself. Your trip sounds great..
tell me more of my "mother land"... :)
(No Subject) by PilchardsInOil on 5 October 2004 10:06pm
By complete chance, the conductor teaches balalaika and domra at my old secondary school, and I started playing when I was 11. The Broken Circle is a memorial to those who died during the seige by the Nazis in WW2 - apparently people were literally dropping dead in the streets.
St Petersburg is lovely, if a little confusing. Top tip 1: Run like the clappers across any roads, even if there is a zebra-crossing.
Top tip 2: Do not pay the guy with the dancing bears.
Top tip 3: Beware of the Formula 1 speed escalators on the underground, and do NOT under any circumstances hesitate by the sliding doors to the subway trains.

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