July 7, 2011

Warren Zaretsky, class of 1960, on location in Moscow

My globetrotting high school classmate, Warren Zaretsky, attended the very recently concluded Rob Nilsson Retrospective at the Moscow International Film Festival. I have absolutely no idea who Nilsson is but I enjoy travel pictures and Warren keeps me up to date on his numerous adventures. He has emailed me photos from all over the planet, including China, Spain, Canada and Costa Rica.

The Moscow photos include Warren in front of a statue of novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, behind which is the Lenin Library. A man with a sophisticated pallet, it would be difficult to imagine him eating at a Dunkin' Donuts unless someone else was buying. I happen to enjoy seeing signs adorning familiar food franchises in languages other than English. Remind me to show you my photo of a Kentucky Fried Chicken shop I shot in Vietnam.

Among Warren's pictures is one of a building with lettering that looks like your optometrist's eye chart. Since I am almost as worldly as wandering Warren, I was able to translate it into "Lenin". My guess was that the building is Lenin's tomb. Actually my guess was correct, confirmed via a Google search.

You never know where globetrotting Warren will be visiting next. Stay tuned.


Anonymous said...

First picture is St. Basil's R.O. Church (behind Warren, who is standing in Red Square) at one end of Red Square. GUM, Moscow's largest department store is to the left and off to the right is the wall of the Kremlin and the entrance to Lenin's tomb (which is indeed the thing you googled, Frank). They have a very nice "changing of the guard" ceremony at the tomb similar to the one at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, VA. In addition to DDs with funny signs, Moscow has the world's largest McDonald's (at least it was when I was there) where my daughter and I counted 42 registers (all manned) and the wait was about a half hour to get into the place. Moscow is an amazing city, full of unusual sights and strange contrasts.

J.A. - '63

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