September 02, 2010
A year in Moscow
Time is a funny thing when you are in a situation you do not enjoy. Days seem like months and months seem like years, tick tock as the clock ticks slowly by. Moscow is a strange place, big, bold and dirty. Huge tower block flats stretch as far as the eye can see when you arrive by plane looking down on the Moscow region from your arm chair in the sky. Roads are huge with four to five lanes in each direction. The roads are chocked with cars. People drive top of the range cars with blacked out windows but crawl along the roads at a snails pace, stuck in the traffic all in a hurry, all with a mission. People walk the streets in a hurry, men spit and blow there noses on the floor, you must walk with your eyes on the ground to avoid walking on these bodily deposits.
Flat prices are crazy you get very little for your money and the quality is poor. They advertise flats as being "western standard" when in fact the standard is normal to poor. Russian police stand about on the streets with fat guts, shirt buttons undone, fag in mouth, hat tipped back at an angle, looking to take your money for any offense real or imagined if your skin is dark or brown. Supermarkets are packed and stressful experiences. The expat community is large and varied. There are many Americans here as well as other nationalities all living in their own areas and communities all here on an agenda. Many are on large pay packages with all the benefits that go with it, free rent, free medical cover, free childcare, free schooling. Don't come here unless you have those perks. We did and are struggling to get by, but life takes you where it takes you.
Moscow really is another planet and do not come here with expectations and always expect the unexpected. Love it or hate it. I am still searching for the positive here and have not yet found it but I will keep looking under every rock and in every possibility. Try not to let depression get to you if you are stuck at home, depression can eat you alive and swallow you up without mercy. Make friends and get out, take regular breaks out of Russia, you will need to as often as possible. Stay here for as little time as you can, get in, save money and get out as fast as time will allow you.
A year in Moscow has been a long trip for me dear reader, I hope the next one goes faster.
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