Trip Start Apr 21, 2013
122Trip End Aug 28, 2013
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12 June 2013
My room is very large, I think it was formally was used as the lounge as beside a double bed it has a lounge suit ,large table and two sideboards full of books and the usual knick knacks plus an array of cards from all over the world, which I take, have been sent by people who were previous occupants of the room. I would like to tell a few things about the Russian apartment blocks.On entry to this building you have to insert a special 10 cm long pin into a round hole which opens the steel outside door. After entry I get an open case lift to take me to the seventh floor; I then open (with a very strange looking key) a vinyl covered steel door that brings me into a small hallway and use a third special key to enter yet another vinyl covered steel door to enter the apartment
The way they have arranged the buildings of these 9 story apartment blocks is somewhat unique. (for the exercise, say they run east-west) Along the major road they seem to be very long as they are connected by arches. The arches have wrought iron gates which are closed except for a smaller gate were people can walk through.
From time to time a gate is open leading to the streets behind the buildings to allow cars into the area, they lead to many small car parks. Once you have past under the gate you see other high-rises perpendicular to the one along the major road. Further across there are more apartment blocks facing the same way (east-west) as the one you just walked through. In the open space in the middle they have created beautiful mini parks with large shady trees and play areas for the children. Park benches everywhere and many nice flower beds.
The lower levels of the flats have some shops here and there. All in all they created by building this way a quiet and a save area to relax or play, although it is right next to a very busy road.Being so for north the sun set at about 10 PM and rises again at 3.30 AM. I must have been knackered yesterday as while writing at the dinner table I feel asleep. I thought I just lay down for a minute on top of my bed only to wake up at 4 am with the sun shining through the window
At nine a was picked up by a sixteen year old Christina who could speak reasonable English; she would take me to my guide. Meanwhile it had started raining; however the subway was luckily only 300 meters away. She showed me how to get a ticket and then we went down the longest escalator I have ever seen. It took all but 5 minutes to reach the underground train track level. The girl told me that this was the deepest station in Moscow as this suburb is slightly elevated from central Moscow and they constructed the underground train system in such a way that all tracks run exactly horizontal. As has been the case with other subways the electronic board inside the carriage shows the position of the train and the next station, but only in Russian; also all announcements are only made in Russian.We arrived in a most beautiful underground station somewhere near the Red Square but now had to wait for the guide. I didn’t mind the waiting as this created an opportunity to have a look around
After a few hours we ended up in a very long mall with a lot of artist either engaged in painting of playing music.
We had some lunch after which I walked back into the direction of my address of accommodation
Back in my room I sat on my bed, then laid down and found myself waking up at 4.30 am still fully dressed on top of the bed. I wondered why. Me..Tired?.....nah! seriously,I think I must have walked about 15 km in all, today.