just brilliant

just brilliant

This evening we benefited yet further from our Russian hosts’ extraordinary hospitality, being taken to a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker by the Bolshoi. I’d like to write ‘at the Bolshoi’, but the true Bolshoi theatre is still closed for restoration, so we went to the so-called ‘new Bolshoi’ next door, but the troupe and the performance was genuinely by the Bolshoi. And what a performance! It was also a perfect end to a week of hard work. Tomorrow, I’m hoping to visit the Kremlin before flying home to get a good night’s sleep. (Somebody depressed me slightly today by saying ‘we’re just getting old’, but I have found it curiously difficult to adjust to a time difference of just two hours.) By the way, our¬†primary host, Russian Civic Forum President Yevgeniy Velekov, told me earlier today that in Pushkin’s time it never used to snow¬†in Moscow until January. Snow, he assured me, is forecast for Christmas. I’ll have to make do with the snow in the Nutcracker!