After assembling a video of pictures from my trip to Russia, I realized I had forgotten one of the highlights. On my second to last day in Moscow, my family went to see The Nutcracker at the Bolshoi Theater. It was the first time I had ever been to the ballet, and I had the opportunity to attend one of the finest theaters in the world. The dancing was incredible; I favored the first half in which the dancers built the story line and even injected humor through a brother antagonizing a sister (something all too familiar in my house). The theater itself, in addition to the show, was opulent to the extreme: gilded in gold and laced with mirrors. Its glass faces served to multiply every carefully polished surface–it felt like a functional museum, one that would let you touch the exhibit so long as you didn’t overstep any boundaries, and your fingertips were immaculate. While we couldn’t photograph the show, here are some pictures of the theater (no outside shots seeing as it was below 0°F and Arctic).