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Moskva-river

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.

Vorobyovy Gory and the Moskva-river
Strangely enough, I decided not to follow my normal way during my student years but to take off Vorobyovy Gory metro station and walk uphills.

 

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.

Vorobyovy Gory metro station on the bridge across the Moskva-river
You can see everything • the Kremlin, Christ the Savior’s, Moscow City, Luznniki Stadium, all 7 Stalin skyscrapers and many others. I enjoyed the view and then looked back • the main building of MSU was staring at me, grand and calm as always. You will never think about what a crazy life lives inside of it! The building was built in 1950s, and my granddad was one of foremen. Then my dad studied at MSU in 1970s, and his crazy daughter many years later saw no other option for her. As you can see, MSU is quite a part of my family history.

 

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.

Moskva-river and Moscow City
On my lef there was the Faculty of Fisics • my aunt studied there, and on my right • the Faculty of Chemistry. A mystery place for me: I used to go to the driving school situated there (I am still not the best driver in the world) and every time I entered the building I was fascinated by all these mysterious words written on the doors. My humanitarian mind failed to understand them!

 

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.

Saturday at Vorobyovy Gory
 

 

 

Links:

 

www.msu.ru MSU official website (also available in English, French and German)

 

www.vorobyovy-gory.ru  Vorobyovy Gory Reserve website (Russian only)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lord_Mike says:
...looks much like Minnesota in the fall! Very pretty!
Posted on: Feb 23, 2009
Marinushka says:
Thanks Francis. Yes, Moscow in autumn does look lovely:)
Posted on: Oct 06, 2008
fransglobal says:
Lovely photos!
Posted on: Oct 06, 2008
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Moskva-river
Moskva-river
Vorobyovy Gory and the Moskva-river
Vorobyovy Gory and the Moskva-river
Vorobyovy Gory metro station on th…
Vorobyovy Gory metro station on t…
Moskva-river and Moscow City
Moskva-river and Moscow City
Saturday at Vorobyovy Gory
Saturday at Vorobyovy Gory
Eco Trail, Vorobyovy Gory
Eco Trail, Vorobyovy Gory
Autumn at Vorobyovy Gory
Autumn at Vorobyovy Gory
Me at Vorobyovy Gory
Me at Vorobyovy Gory
Forest Lake
Forest Lake
Forest Lake at Vorobyovy Gory
Forest Lake at Vorobyovy Gory
Sitting by the Forest Lake
Sitting by the Forest Lake
Forest Lake
Forest Lake
Vorobyovy Gory Natural Reserve
Vorobyovy Gory Natural Reserve
overlooking the city of Moscow
overlooking the city of Moscow
Luzhniki Stadium
Luzhniki Stadium
Ski jump at Vorobyovy Gory
Ski jump at Vorobyovy Gory
I LOVE autumn
I LOVE autumn
Academy of Science seen fromm Voro…
Academy of Science seen fromm Vor…
Luzhnniki Stadium
Luzhnniki Stadium
Luzhniki Stadium
Luzhniki Stadium
MSU main building
MSU main building
MSU
MSU
Me in front of my college
Me in front of my college
my sport park at MSU (used to run …
my sport park at MSU (used to run…
MSU
MSU
MSU
MSU
MSU Culture House
MSU Culture House
MSU
MSU
MSU and Lomonosov Monument
MSU and Lomonosov Monument
MSU Library
MSU Library
On my way to my building
On my way to my building
My building (Humanities Faculties)
My building (Humanities Faculties)
Eternal Fire in front of Humanitie…
Eternal Fire in front of Humaniti…
My Alma Mater (Marina studied here)
My Alma Mater (Marina studied here)
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