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5 Reasons to Love and Hate Moscow
January 28, 2008 17:00

1. Moscow is too crowded

Minus: There are too many people in the Moscow streets. It is impossible to go outside and not to see a crowd at any time of day and night. Even on Sundays almost all seats on the trains of Moscow Underground are busy, but the main problems fall on public transport on work days 8am-10pm.

Plus: There are many people in the Russian capital and it is wonderful because here you can always find someone who will understand you and who has the same interests as yours. It is also a good place for those who like privacy: in Moscow all people are busy with their own life and will not put their nose in yours.

2. Moscow ecology is bad

Minus: The air in Moscow is polluted with fumes; there are cars everywhere, lots of rubbish, and only a few places appropriate for swimming in summer.

Plus: Although the air is polluted in Moscow, here it is always possible to buy the cleanest water, ecologically clean food and other things, to set pollution-protective windows, an air condition system and finally here it is possible to earn enough for moving to such place where the air and water are clean, to any islands of the world.

3. Moscow life is too fast

Minus: In Moscow people are always running, always in a hurry; they have no time to seat and drink a cup of tea. Today a Muscovite works here, tomorrow he already works at some other place. They look like flyers, not people.

They can change jobs every year. Sometimes you can find that all shops in your street have changed, that streets have different names, that your relatives have moved and changed their jobs 5 times already, and you only start telling someone about your life as they already have to go.

Plus: Moscows life tempo is high but it is good because you can manage to do so many things: to drop in the fitness club, to go to shops, to work, to take your parcel from the post-office, to have dinner with your friends at a restaurant, to meet with a business partner, to go to the theatre or cinema, and even to visit your friends in the evening, because they are unlikely to be sleeping. Moscow can offer round-the-clock services, clubs and restaurants, and entertainments to any taste.

4. Muscovites hate comers from other cities

Minus: Muscovites do not like those who come to Moscow in search of job, look at them with despise, and are sure that life does not exist beyond the Moscow Circular Road.

It does not matter to them of what nationality the comer to Moscow although they often behave in a caddish manner, throw rubbish in the streets, spit, etc.

Plus: There almost have no been native Muscovites left in the city, and many of those who moan about comers to Moscow came to Moscow several years ago themselves. The percentage of comers is likely to exceed the number of those who were born and grew up here.

5. Living without leaving home

Minus: People in Moscow appear to be locked in the stone jungles forever. They hardly see the blue sky and stars, but only grey walls, asphalt under their feet, and industrial landscapes. In the evening they spend in front of the TV set and do not go out: only home-work-home 24/7 365 days a year.

Plus: In Moscow it is possible to leave without going out. For instance, the main building of Moscow State University: it is a workplace and home at the same time, and it also has shops, a kindergarden, library, canteens, a laundry, theatre and cinema, etc. And all these are within the same building.


Translated by Lavrentyeva Natalya


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