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On books and trains

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My 2-days business trip in Moscow started with book shopping at midnight. That’s what I love about Moscow: one can always find something at any time there. Service is for us, not vice versa. Hello, Europe, can you hear me?

So I went to a central bookstore (called “Moskva”) at half past 11pm and found there a proper queue, 100 people or so. Luckily the book store is long so the crowd didnt block everything. It turned out there was a book premiere there, so to say. At midningt the shop started selling “Farewell songs by political pygmies of Pindostan”. In the foolish title all words start with “p” in Russian so it made some sense but not much. The main attraction was the autror Victor Pelevin, one of the most known Russian intellectual writers of the late 90’s and 00’s.

Television crews and people reading the book outside the shop – these are my first images of Moscow this time.

And the last one is express train from the city center to Sheremetievo airport. “Sharik”, as people call it here, became the last Moscow airport connected to the city by train. Finally the disastrous driving in horrible traffic is over. “Perhaps 1 hour, perhaps 2 and a half – who knows…” – that was usual expectation before driving to Sharik just a few months ago, not mentioning years and years of travelling. 250 rubles (7 euros) instead of ~1500 rubles (40 euros), by the way. Hurraah! Long live trains!


Written by andreyshilov

October 6, 2008 at 6:25 pm

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  1. interesting…
    recently I realised that having shopes closed at night is not that bad – I do less shopping, spend less AND there is no one out there doing her/his job late at night, leaving the family alone…globally seen, it is not citizen friendly. Don’t you find?


    October 20, 2008 at 10:13 am

  2. In Soviet times there was a lot of propaganda about margarine being better than butter. All this doesn’t work when you don’t actually have choice.

    A customer should decide when to shop, or at least a shopkeeper – not legislators. None of their business.


    October 20, 2008 at 9:58 pm

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