"I was one of those weird children that just couldn’t talk to people, so I kind of had to make myself be not like that because I knew it was going to hinder me."
Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
The Mariinsky Theatre is a historic theatre of Opera and Ballet in St Petersburg. Opened in 1860, the Mariinsky Theatre (renamed the Kirov Theatre during the Soviet period) is one off the most famous theatres in the world, with many famous composers, ballets/ dancers and operas/singers premiering here. Including the works of Tchaikovsky, the ballets Swan Lake and the Nutcracker and many of the world’s most important dancers, for example Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Galina Ulanova, Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova and many more. The theatre is currently home to the Mariinsky Ballet, the Mariinsky Opera, and the Mariinsky Orchestra. A second stage was recently completed to add to the original theatre and the 2007 Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall.
Try to see an opera or ballet at the historic Mariinsky Theater while you are in St. Petersburg! I saw the opera Evgeny Onegin (based on a Pushkin novel) and loved it!
I highly advise bringing your own pair of slippers to Russia, especially if you are a student staying with a host family. It is custom to wear slippers inside, and quite rude to wear your shoes into someone’s home or apartment. So, pack a cute pair of slippers for your own comfort and to be polite! I got into the habit of wearing them, enjoyed how clean the floors stayed, and brought the habit back home to the states!
I’ve always had quite a dirty sense of humour, but it really got dirtier. It got quite hefty at times. My wife, who is often open-mouthed at my sense of humour anyway, started to get a little bit freaked out.
Lil pattern I did for the folks at Moonlight Market, should be out in the next year on some bedding!
Reminds me of old sailor-style tattoos, and how much I appreciate a good skull-and-rose combination. Never let anyone tell you that botany doesn’t have a vested place in the history of body art! —MN