This is a special time in a country with the noticeable change of seasons which Russia is a good example of. The last month of summer is beautiful and a perfect time for travelling. One part of Son Trava duo – Anastasia – shares with you her favourite August moments: books, travels and movies:
“This August I went to see Boldino – a place where famous Russian poet, novelist and playwright, Alexander Pushkin spent a lot of time and where he wrote many of his masterpieces. Walking the birch and linden trees alleys, musing at the ponds with beautiful weeping willows you can easily imagine a poet himself there and understand, at least to some degree, why he created his best novels and poems here.
No surprise that after this trip I reached for my favourite “Tales of Belkin” (a cycle of short stories) and some Pushkin’s personal letters to read.
Next stop was a spiritual one. Not far from Boldino is the village of Diveyevo famous for the Saint Seraphim of Sarov. And from there I went to an old Russian city of Murom. It had something magical about it. Visiting all those places full of history: orthodox churches, convents, Russian nobility manors had a profound impact on me. It made me feel deeper connection with my Russian roots and I have found a place within myself which I thought was long lost.
Speaking of the movies, I can highly recommend the new one from the genius Russian film director Andrey Zvyagintsev. It is called Loveless, a compelling story that impressed me beyond words. It is mysterious and terrifying drama set in modern Russia. After watching it I had a strong desire to always seek ways to be a better person and make the world a better place.”
What were your favourite August moments?