|Typical bus for getting around|
I always get on a yellow bus with the number (just for example) 120 going to the last bus stop. Sometimes it goes there and sometimes is does not. On three or four occasions, it did not go to the end, to the last stop but stopped well before it. I got off the bus and was told by the driver that I must get on another yellow bus with the same number 120 but get on a bigger yellow bus as only the big yellow ones go to the last bus stop. The little ones(see photo above), same colour, same number, stop well before the end stop. This week, I found that it's true, only the big yellow ones go to the end. I know this seems crazy but it's true. Russian logic strikes again. Laugh here or you will cry or go mad. I don't make this shit up.
If you don't want to take a yellow bus, try a trolley buses they are bigger and can even be modern! Pay the driver about 26 rubles and he or she will give you a ticket, stick the ticket into the machine and find a seat. In Moscow, taking a bus can be slower than walking. Idiot, arrogant drivers, park along the sides of the huge roads, sometimes double parking, so the buses get blocked behind them. The buses stop at every bus stop and there seems to be a bus stop every few meters, so journeys can be slow and worse during the rush hour. You can always get on a trolley bus or yellow bus and get off if it gets stuck in traffic and walk.
In a perverse way, I quiet like taking the yellow buses, you get to see real people, real Russians and on a good traffic free day, the buses fly along the road at high speed so it can be an adventure and a fairground ride of death. You will be shaken around like a pea in a tin, thrown up in the air as the bus goes over road ramps, flung against your fellow passenger as the bus goes around the corner. My advice is listen to calming music and look out the window, your journey will be a lot more pleasant. The Moscow bus system was deigned for a different Moscow. It was designed for a Moscow of the last century when there was less traffic and the nation had a dream and an ideal to aim for, even if it was badly flawed. Few people owned cars and the roads were a lot better than they are today, almost empty if you look at old photos of Moscow. Days now long gone.
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