A new day in Nizhniy Novgorod:
Today I will find my own way to the Contemporary Art Center office: Olga was really concerned that I don't get lost. So, she told me to first walk past this old building which is the home of some really important government official!
Then take these stairs: It takes a lot of concentration to walk down, as every step is slightly different!
Then walk along this street and make sure you don't get run over by a tram. Those are really too adorable!
Then when reaching this church
walk past and further until you reach the second church:
The Contrasts are to me what is most interesting: These lavish historical architectural gems juxtaposed with the cold and functional communist building machines. Some old houses are especially beautiful! In fact this one I would not mind moving in tomorrow:Then, wow!!! What a view!!! Here I have to cross this bridge. God, I am glad I don't suffer vertigo! More stairs and more spectacular sights! Even the people are so fascinating, how they are part of the whole scenery! At the bottom of the hill is a neighborhood which, until very recently used to be Nizhniy's economic center, with all teh stores and offices:
At the bottom of the hill is also the office of the Contemporary Arts Center, where I will now have individual conversations one by one to find what their needs and ideas are. This is very exciting but also very challenging as I am finding out that most of them are not really used to being asked such direct questions and also feel shy about really speaking their mind.
As I am realizing how intricate these exchanges are and I am completely behind with writing down all the thoughts which are quite layered, sometimes very contradictory and long winded, I am now changing the set up of this blog and instead of dividing up the posts into days, I am now splitting it up among the participants.