Metro station names

And easy way to learn them: altmetromap.com. Kitay-Gorod becomes “Kid eye go red”, Sretensky Bulvar “Straight in sky bull wire” etc.

There are also maps where arbitrary names are changed to those derived from common words, eg. Tushinskaya >> Tushka (body of a small slaughtered animal), Kitay-Gorod >> China Town, Yasenevo >> Nikhuyasenevo (what a fuck +adjective ending).

A simple map of Moscow Metro, with stations in Latin characters

Like everything else, maps are becoming just too damn interactive and option-overstuffed for someone like me to figure them out. Here is a simple old-fashioned .gif map from seemingly abandoned www.wtr.ru. Click on the image and it will appear large and readable.

metro_eDo take care to understand the layout of the system. Unlike you westerners, who think their cities in terms of ends and neighbourhoods, we Muscovites and Russians in general tend to arrange our geography along roads, rivers or, MORE>>

Used books in English

Olympiysky Sports Complex (Metro Prospekt Mira), first floor, used book corner (букинистический отдел, bukinisticheskiy otdel). There was at least one seller specializing in English books, and several of them had at least a few. The best thing about that section is that sellers there, unlike typical bookstore clerks, are book enthusiasts, and will go out of their way to dig up what you need. There are unconfirmed reports that St. Anrew’s Anglican Church in Moscow holds a book fair every last Sunday of the month.  Someone please tell me if it is so! Or take me there. I have a fear of churches and other “places of power” and would not dare entering there unsupported.

Note that Shakespeare &Co. is gone! Been gone for years!! People keep recommending it but… I am hoping someone will fill the niche though. I may be interested in participating. Talk to me if you are thinking of pursuing such a failing project as opening an English bookstore in Moscow. As of recent I’ve been failing at just about everything I try. One more loser project won’t make a difference.