Jessica and I tried to buy tickets for the Academic Theater of Drama, but the place was closed for the summer. We explored the city center and dog-eared places to check out in the future. This would include a billiards place and Georgian restaurant down the street. We also walked to a huge sports stadium where folks run and play soccer.
|Pigeons like to hang out near the theater too. They’re not scared of people like in the States.|
|Georgian restaurant. Gotta check this out, the food looks delicious!|
|If I was better at sports, I would go here more. It feels like a great background photo for a Japanese dating sim game.|
Then, we stumbled into the Patriarch’s Garden in Old Vladimir. Although the place is partially under renovation, we caught some gorgeous sights of plants and of the cityscape. The entry fee was a mere 50 rubles, or a little less than a US dollar. I’m used to free access to gardens, but the small price was completely worth it in this case! I hope others get the chance to go too. 🙂
The garden is much bigger than expected, since Jessica and I spent about an hour and a half walking around. I’m sure children will also enjoy it, because they have a sandbox playground there. For an additional fee, you can even see the small animal conservatory they house in the back of the garden.
As for academics, things are going well. I’m learning a lot of new vocabulary, and they are pushing us at a fair pace to strengthen our knowledge on verbs of motion. Our teachers are super supportive, fun and lovely people. We get quite a bit of homework, which cuts into time for going out and/or catching up with friends online. However, I think it will pay off in the long run.