Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Выпускники выпустили...


Graduates let go of...


...all these beautiful balloons on Red Square last week! As many of you know by now, it's common to stop off at special landmarks in Moscow on special occasions, such as weddings or graduations.

Our seniors launched these into the air smack in the middle of Red Square, surrounded by the Kremlin, St. Basil's Cathedral and GUM (the historic department store).


Random "Yes, Dorothy, you are OH SO NOT in Kansas anymore" moment from Graduation... First of all, there's the fact that champagne was served. Not to the kids, mind you, but I'm sure it flowed after the adults (parents and teachers) left and the venue turned into a disco... But perhaps even odder? Because after six years in Russia, I've pretty much grown accustomed to alcohol in unexpected places? We were served MILK for a toast, because Soviet factory workers (i.e. we teachers) were given milk to keep them strong. The milk remained untouched by most... But it was a neat idea!

2 comments:

Tina in CT said...

It is pretty to watch and the significance is valid but don't the Russians know that it is cruel to let balloons fly off as wildlife get tangled in the ribbons and eat the balloons and then die?

Cool tradition about the milk toast but I can bet that it was left there and champagne flowed.

Red Square at night is so beautiful!

Annie said...

That is a really cute idea. I love all the thought that does into everything, and the tradition.