I flew to Moscow to give a keynote speech on mobile trends in the industry at Digital Silicone-Free, a Russian digital marketing conference (my conference badge below..with my name in Russian!).
The conference was held in Digital October, an artsy co-working space for tech & entrepreneurs, located at the banks of the Moscow River. As it turns out, Digital October, the hotel I was staying at, and the rest of this little island was once a chocolate factory (Krasny October) and today is home to high-tech, art and media as well as some of the city’s trendiest restaurants and clubs.
The conference after-party was unlike any of the others I had been to. While there was the usual set of drinks, it started out with a fairly formal whiskey tasting!
Following the tasting & some actual drinks, it was time to meet up with Elena and Marina. We started off at Strelka Bar, which was just around the corner.
Strelka’s terrace had a great vibe and offered spectacular views of the river & the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. It was a perfect place to enjoy the sunset while sipping cocktails.
After our stint at Strelka, it was time for me to finally leave this lovely island and venture out to see some other parts of Moscow, for yes, you guess it, more drinks! The EMBA-Global 2014s happened to be in town, which was a sure indication of a good party.
Saturday was a gorgeous day – perfect for wandering around the city and doing some sight-seeing. I enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the key sights.
Later that day, I met up with Diana for yet another great evening – dinner, drinks, roof terraces and dancing. I had a chance to see a more laid-back version of the nightlife – starting with drinks on the terrace at Chips and followed by dancing to some good music on Gypsy’s terrace.
It was a great weekend, but it was not enough time to fit in all the sights or make it to the Boilshoi (unless you count a drive by). I guess I’ll just have to go back for another visit!