Ben’s Birthday Celebration

11 Dec

Last weekend the Hubs turned 30! He decided to celebrate by visiting the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines.

It is less of a “museum” than simply an arcade with old games. There were a disproportionate amount of hunting and submarine games in with the usual assortment of foosball, car racing, and crane games, as well as a couple video games that had Pong-style graphics. You can actually play Flash versions of a few of the games on the website (there are more options on the Russian-language version of the site if you feel adventurous).

There were also old soda water machines that used to be all over the streets of Russia’s cities. You would put in your coins and could have water or water with gas and, for a bit more money, a bit of flavored syrup added. They had a couple functioning machines and we were able to buy cups and tokens and use the machines. Nothing fancy by today’s standards, but it was fun to use the technology that used to be so common here. We were also with a friend who grew up in St. Petersburg and remembered not only using them, but how you could take advantage of a free soda by hitting the machines just right or using coins with strings attached to pull them back out.

The highlight, though, may have been when they played the Duck Tales theme. It was a fun moment when we were all in the middle of an arcade in Moscow, having as much fun (if not more) than the few children there and those of us that grew up in the States suddenly had part of our own childhood playing through the speakers.

Afterwards we wandered around a bit to find some dinner and ended up at a Japanese/Italian restaurant. It wasn’t a fusion restaurant, mind you, just a couple pages of pizza followed by a couple pages of sushi. I suspect that these types of restaurants aren’t that uncommon here, either.

Overall, a great time was had by all and I suspect we will be returning to play games in the future because it was just a really enjoyable way to spend a few hours in this amazing city. So, cheers to Ben for turning 30 and suggesting such an awesome way to celebrate!

A few pictures from the arcade and one of us in the Baumanskaya metro station.

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3 Responses to “Ben’s Birthday Celebration”

  1. John Remy December 11, 2011 at 23:46 #

    What a memorable and fun birthday celebration! Happy Birthday to Ben!! 😀

  2. Heather December 12, 2011 at 02:56 #

    That just narrowly beats out bowling in Canada for my 30th for awesome birthday adventures (there was no English spoken at the bowling alley either).

  3. Nathanael December 16, 2011 at 05:47 #

    Happy 30th to Ben! That’s the kind of place I would have liked to visit for my 30th!

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