It’s a pleasure to announce that my present long-term renters, a high tech-employed Russian couple with a cat and a parrot, are ready to share space in the very center of Moscow. Their motivation is not only $$ but a chance to practice their English, so the rate will be below market, or something like what it was nearly 10 years ago, $25/person/night for a place to stay, with Wi-Fi and a washing machine, in the very center of Moscow, 5-7 min. walk from Red Square. For those who are new here is a reminder of the arrangement:
Following a major upgrade the famous Второе дыхание (Second Wind) no longer qualifies as a low-life watering hole and a time-capsule from early 90s. Just an ordinary bar. Sad.
Just got two reports. First, about a prostitution and drugs bust there yesterday in one of Moscow’s advertising papers: http://www.metronews.ru/novosti/v-stolice-zaderzhali-30-prostitutok-iz-v-etnama/Tpoldm—Ny2vsVztUYwaM/, which sort of implies the market is still there. Second, an eyewitness report it is business as usual. See Vietnamese market >> I’M ASKED ABUT IT REGULARLY AND WILL APPRECIATE AN UPDATE.
Unistream seems to be the most popular system. Works exactly the same as WesternUnion. 1.5%, 1% if the amount is over 30 th. roubles (just under $1000US). Most cities with pouplation over 50 thousand will have a Unistream (Унистрим) office.
The closet one to my apartment that’s available for rent is in the Fish Market (Рыбный рынок).
A nearly untouched by time consignment store found at Preobrazhensky val 25, next to a church or a monastery with a large “Иконописная мастерская” (icon-painting shop) sign.
What a pattern. Things I like appear to aggregate around religious establishments, which I don’t like. Yes, there is a story why but it is beyond the scope of this Uncle Pasha’s Moscow project.
This one pretents to be not a store but a bar, which allows it to sell at night. Ulitsa Lusinovskaya 48/50, kv. 10. It is where Lusinovskaya crosses Pavla Andreyeva, and the store’s dore is right at the corner. Nearest metro: Dobryninskaya or Tulskaya. Based on eyewitness report. To be investigated soon.
Walking distance from my apartment for rent >>
Bolshaya Tatarskaya. I don’t remember the number. A very basic and CHEAP cafe. 100-150 roubles will get you a proper meal. A few steps from my apartment for rent. No booze naturally, and the menu is meat-centered although a serious salad is always be available.
Рыбный рынок (rybny rynok, fish market), Pyatnitsky pereulov 2. Look for Elena the butcher under the sign “Деревенское мясо” (derevenskoye myaso, village meat). Small eggs from young chicken at 100 roubles per 10.
Next to her is a stall with Ukrainian (Lviv) and Belarus beer but I think I’ve already listed it.
I’ve been for some time hearing rumours of sightings of Borjomi in Moscow. It disappeared from the time of the conflict over South Osetia and Abkhazia in 2008. Today I ran into Borjomi in Rybny Rynok (Fish Market) MORE>>
Who asked me where to get one of these old-fashioned pan handles that fit any pan? Here it is. Found it on the second level of the Alexeyevsky market. Much inferior to old ones but better than current Chinese versions with moving parts. MORE>>