Russian Culture 101 ...
Kudos to the staff for their daily talks and demonstrations that they called, 'Grand Circle Discovery Series.' I prefer to call it 'Russian Culture 101' as it offered me the glimpse of Russian heritage that I was looking for.
We learned about the Russian language and a bit about its alphabet, the country's harsh complicated history and the 'hands on' art of vodka tasting. We had cooking and tasting classes, a Russian music concert and information sessions on the country's crafts.
In order to make us savvy shoppers we learned all about what makes an authentic Matrioshka nesting doll. The next day we were given wooden replicas of the dolls and asked to paint our own versions. Naturally, mine was a Journeywoman Nesting Doll.
Who knew that two solid weeks of cruising, sightseeing, street life, meeting the Russian people and learning about their way of life could be so informative and so much fun? For this traveller, it was certainly mission accomplished! It's my pleasure to offer one more award to Grand Circle's list of kudos. I call my award, 'Journeywoman's Best Cultural Experience of 2013'.