These first few weeks of M-II have been extremely challenging both mentally and physically. After dozens of hours of lectures and seminars, several hands-on trips to Moscow’s leading museums, state facilities and news organizations, it was time to take part in a relaxed extracurricular activity. What better way to get rid of excess stress than by visiting the gorgeous Mesherskiy Park (near the Skolkovo Innovation center) to bike (and take our e-scooters) along its scenic forest tracks. After several kilometers of biking through various terrain amongst the trees and bordering several ponds and lakes, it was time to refill and energize our bodies with a classic grilled hot dog picnic. By now our interns are far more than just coursemates - they’re best friends, and this cookout was another opportunity to spend some quality time together outside of the lecture hall to exchange thoughts and impressions (and jokes) in an informal setting!