June 21, 2010
By the time I get on the plane, I am smiling innately and madly at everyone. The cabin attendant could tell me trousers were on fire and I would just smile back and talk gibberish. What is the cause of my paranoia? I have also developed IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) this usually effects women but not one to follow the crowds I suffer from it. The symptoms are stomach pains, bloating and gas (farts or "flatulence"), the cause is thought to be stress and bad diet. The other day, I went for a Thia massage lasting 1 hour. It was 1,000 rubles. Its an aggressive form of massage where a Thia girl, so thin that she looks as if she has not eaten for a week, beats you with god like strength to massage your entire body, pulling you in every direction. This is fine in a masochistic rough kind of way, but if you have IBS, it's not so fun. I spent one hour clenching my buttocks to retain a fart that would have been herd in Minsk if I had released it. Keeping them in is painful its just lucky I am not a vicar, a conductor or other such job that requires silence and seriousness. When I left the massage center I let rip, I am sure the surrounding blocks shook but it felt good to finally have gas relief.
Flying is stressful and even worse when you have a busy airport, screaming kids, miserable airport staff and rude cabin attendants. However its good to get away from my self imposed exile and to breath clean air and be in a different place to now. Who knows my IBS may ease up?
Labels: Flying from abroad
June 18, 2010
Server not found
I have been trying for a few days to view my blog via "conventional" ways only to be told on my computer that "the server is not found" and yet others can see my blog. Could this be censorship of the Russian kind? Will I find myself cast in irons and trucked off to deep Siberia for the next 20 years? Have I said too many negative things about Russia? This seems unlikely when I am just a boring stay at home dad and not an international spy or a Human rights activist.
Its easy to become paranoid, especially when you live in Russia but I think it maybe more a technical issue rather than state control, although nothing is what it seems. I have lost the energy to post on here these days. I have run out of inspiration dear reader. I bid you farewell for now.
Update: if you like this blog please make a donation it will go to a charity. I have also made a crude guide to Moscow that you may find useful. See to the right on this web page and scroll down.
June 10, 2010
Every year in Moscow and perhaps all of Russia, "they" the "powers that be", turn off the hot water, I have been told its because they clean out the pipes. Why don't they just replace the pipes? We have a small electric water heater, so we should get a warm trickle from that, however when its hot I won't want a hot shower.
Dear reader, If you rent a flat here make sure the flat has a separate water heater boiler and air conditioning if the sun hits your flat in the afternoon.
Labels: Hot water in the sumer - Moscow