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I find it important to write about this place. There are many reasons for it: first, it is quite a tourist attraction; second, it plays a significant role in my life and it created what I am. It is all about my Alma Mater • Lomonosov Moscow State University.
I am not going to write about its history • it is impressive though • but instead want to share some memories and impressions with you my friends, and I would be very happy if you devote some time to visiting MSU while in my hometown.
There are two campuses • the old one in the downtown (now it is Faculty of Journalism and Asia and Africa Insitute) and the one at Vorobyovy Gory. The last location was my almost everyday destination for 7 years.
I haven’t been there for almost a year • no need to go to that part of the city but suddenly felt a desire to see this place again.
The day was awesome • early October, warm and sunny, all trees turning gold. I love autumn but I even more love my college in autumn. Maybe due to those first impressions of a naïve girl opening the door to the University on an autumn day 10 years ago.
So, I was walking across the Moskva-river thinking about my University years • I seldom do it • and enjyoing a nice view. Then I took the Eco Trail and started going uphills. Vorobyevy Gory are not only MSU location but also a reserve area. It includes a nice lake called Forest Lake and some trails.
After a short hike I reached the top of the hill • the eye point. This is probably one of the best points to look over Moscow.
I walked towards the main building; on the left I saw the park where we used to ski in winter. How can I forget the ski race in my second year after which I lost my voice for several weeks? Or the swimming pool in the basement of the main building? I nearly sunk there on my first week at college. Yes, Marina was not the most athletic student J Thinking about my sport achievements I reached the Universtity Culture House, it is a kind of concert hall often used for skits and other funny events. I don’t know why but we never had tickets and used all ways (always successfully) to get in for a performance.
Then I walked to Lomonosov Monument.
When I was a student, Lomonosov was looking at a street • now he is happy to enjoy the view of MSU Fundamental Library, it was built for the University 250th anniversary in 2005, the year when I graduated so I never used it.
I turned back and went to my main destination • Humanity Faculties Building aka 1st GUM. What to say….I don’t know, so many different feelings….no, no nostalgy but…anyway, 7 years of my life spent here. I didn’t drop by, just looked at the windows and people running around me, I met nobody I know - all my friends graduated with me, my professors probably don’t work on Saturdays • and I felt myself very old. This part of my life is over, and I very seldom think about it but it is impossible to deny: I owe a lot to what I am now to these walls and MSU people.
www.msu.ru MSU official website (also available in English, French and German)
www.vorobyovy-gory.ru Vorobyovy Gory Reserve website (Russian only)