Now that we're comfortable with Russian, we can enjoy the proximity of multiple movie theaters. I got some coffee at a favorite cafe, Кофемания (Coffee Mania), and read for a while--La fuerza del engano (The Second Time Around) by Mary Higgins Clark. (Wish I knew how to put the "~" over the "n" on our Russian computer!) Not exactly highbrow literature, but it's a fun read and good practice for my Spanish since school starts in one week! (More on that soon). The coffee at Coffee Mania is better than at Starbucks and their food is fantastic--but the prices are higher than I imagine Starbucks will charge and their cups are so darn small... (None of those announced Starbucks actually did open in Moscow this August, but supposedly it will happen soon...)
The movie was a lot of fun. The opening scenes take place at the Kiev Train Station, a place we know well. The new mall with "Build A Bear" is next to it, and our speech therapist who was kicked out of Russia lived across from it. It's so strange to watch a spy movie and to have it taking place in one's neighborhood. When I read books or see movies set in the times of the USSR, it's hard to believe that we actually live here now and how much things have changed (or, well, haven't... We still can't believe how the murder of a former Russian spy lead to our losing our speech therapist...).
It's odd how in Russia, and in many other European countries, you have to buy a movie ticket for a specific seat. I don't like the practice at all; there's no way of knowing if you'll be seated in back of someone tall, next to someone smelly, or near loud teenagers... I lucked out, my seat was good, and I enjoyed the movie. There isn't really a language barrier anymore when going to see Russian movies; this year I'll venture out to the theater, too.