I am also doing some fitness training and love the way my belly looks after the P90X AbripperX.
Besides running I discovered shopping in Moscow and now feel pretty well stocked with some awesome local designer cloths. I became a huge fan of Kira Plastinina and Oggi who brought joy back into shopping for me, largely thanks to a good friend of mine who is much more informed. Oggi was my own discovery actually, years back when I visited St. Pete with hubby, but I had no idea who Kira Plastinina is and that shopping in Russia can actually be fun.
Another new thing in the last weeks is using public transport, namely the metro. This is a mixed blessing.
It is only fun if you think about it as a social experiment. You, the foreign you, is among all the local people who do that every day. It's kind of cool. But once that excitement passes, after using the metro a few times, then is not fun anymore. First of all, it stinks down there. It stinks of old trains, bad hygiene, and sweat. Secondly, people touch you! And I don't mean your nice, good-looking, young and happy friends. I mean some aggressive, nasty, old, smelly, people that you don't want to touch you at all. I know this is part of society and you should be part of it, and stop moaning and btw who do you think you are. But. This is no fun. And let's face it, if you don't want or like something, you should just avoid doing it, because life is to short to spend it in unpleasantries.
The other encounter I had, are the so-called "gypsy"taxis. Oh man, are they fun or what. Crappy cars, crappy drivers, they make you unlock the safety belt because it's an insult for their driving skills! I am not kidding! But they are cheap and always available. And there is no alternative, as regular taxies make you wait for a good one hour.
OK, posting this but going to continue later after watching the sunset from the terrace, yeah!