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.
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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>>
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.
105.2 FM. Complete with old news, bland music, and canned humour. An FM equivalent of Brezhnev-era Moscow News. My guess it is Mr. Sobyenin’s project.
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.
A wise learner of language will start not with not with lame dobroye utro, pozhaluysta, kan proyti na Krasnuyu Ploschad kupit matreshkas and such but with words and phrases that are at the core of the culture. Warnings and prohibitions is what defines Russian mental set, and words and phrases to that effect permeate the language. Here are several random NO and BEWARE signs.
(1) By the entrance to VDNKh. Cheap Chinese but good enough for bike rental, which is the main product of this establishment.
An unconfirmed report of a shop that specializes in old Sputniks and such. Sokolnicheskaya ploshad 9 (in the big bike market I think)or at Tretye Pradilnaya 17 (Metro Semenovskaya?). Their site is www.velo-delo.com but at the moment it appears to be down.