Toilet training? Life skills? Or there just isn’t enough mind or soul or whatever to go around for 7 billion of us?

Why am I seeing something that look suspiciously like human excrement stuck to the side of the toilet after the third clinet in a raw?! MORE>>

Our flea market debut!

Related to
first Novopodrezkovo
report >>

6аSpend three hours at Novopodrezkovo in Khimki. Plus an hour getting there and over two back. The worse part was a giant jam on Novoskhkhodninskoye shosse on our way back because two nanoaccidents on the carousel by IKEA nearly blocked traffic for hours, the way it is usually done in this land where time is of no value and common sense non-existent.

Damn, why does a very positive report has to start with an episode that forces to check the Russian Misery category?!!

Same impression as from the first trip. Easy and relaxed. A welcomed break from Moscow all-pervasive glamour that’s enforced upon you no matter what. Try the Grabli (Rake) Cafe on Pyatnitskaya. And OK chain place, certainly not expensive, the sort of place to go to eat, not to impress yourself or others. But visit the washroom downstairs! The amount of expensive bronze there clashes, in a non-physical way of course, with the business that normally brings me there. I don’t want to see overdressed women, cars washed daily (fuck, see my www.moscowdrivers.net project – drivers listed there mention daily wash as a selling point damn it), and government offices decorated in marble and complete with god damn founains! If you share this sentiment the flea market may be one of very few options where there is nothing glamorous in sight. A couple of Gypsy women selling lipstick don’t count. MORE>>

Off to the Novopodrezkovo flea market

The trip was postponed but looks like it’s finally happening. We are off to Khimki AS SELLERS, but for me the trip is one large step along the road of semi-enforced downshifting while Alexandra, who is trying to purge my vocabulary and outlook of “loser” concepts, insists on seeing it as a fun information-gathering exercise and a reason to write a story.

Shelters for the homeless. Free food. Sanitation facilities.

A poster with info about shelters for the homeless. Been in one or two of these. No, don’t get excited, not as a client, not quite yet, not unless the trend continues. Clean and comfortable but rules are strict and enforced. You are either in before 9 or 10pm or stay out. If you stagger or smell of alcohol, you are out. But if you comply and behave like a respectable citizen, warm space, basic facilities, and simple but plentiful food is there for you. No one from what I know is denied admission.

True, they tend to be far away and a a bitch to find but if you are in a true and real fix a special van will come out and get you. If you are down and out BUT MANAGED TO STAY SANE help is available even in Moscow.

Also listed in this poster is where the homeless can get washed, eat, and receive clothing.

I’VE SEEN AT LEAST ONE CASE WHEN A FOREIGN TRAVELLER, AN AMERICAN, WAS SICK AND WITH NO MONEY OR OTHER RESOURCE, AND VERY CLOSE TO BEING LEFT ON THE STREET. THE ABOVE IS REPRODUCED NOT ONLY FOR ITS ENTERTAINMENT VALUE.

Novopodrezkovo flea market in Khimki. Photos, comments.

Related:
How we went there as sellers
a couple of weeks later >>

Finally, here is the promised set of images, made by Alexandra, with my comments.
flea_market_novopodrezkovo_view

General view. One serious dealer has a whole makeshift barn to himself. Privileged traders are in stalls. In the outer reaches there traders who sell from cars. Poor babushkas just spread their wares on the ground.

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Второе дыхание – Second Wind

2nd_windSecond Wind is still around and probably now qualifies as a cultural heritage site.

So I’m opening a separate page dedicated solely to this time warp.

It is behind Metro Novokuznetskaya. Open from 10am, when a lone alcoholic may wonder in for a hair of that dog. Full of rough looking men from 5-8pm.  Closes at 9pm I think.

Second Wind is generally acknowledged by connoisseurs of anti-glamour as the dirtiest and stinkiest of Moscow’s low-life drinking establishments. Standing room only. Hole in the floor toilet. Smoking permitted and expected. A classic.

Here is a true-to-life set of photos of Second Wind >>

My favourite places to eat and drink are here >>