Friday, May 3, 2013

Look again,

So you are walking around the city of Saint Petersburg after you visited Grand Maket and all of the sudden you see an image that you think you saw on a puzzle before. I was looking around because I do that. 
I am not sure if we were walking to a station, or waiting for a bus, or what the circumstances were. The poster behind the lady all trimmed in furs, was very intriguing to me. What is it advertising, I don't know. It seems like one of those Cirque du Soliel esque programs. It was in town during 2/8-24 so there was a possibility we could have gone to it. It had interesting characters on the poster, the puppet master guy, the protagonist, the love interest. 

Then I noticed the Moscow gate, which I didn't know exactly what it was or why it's in this location. Underneath, or around the gate runs a street trolley, taking up the middle of the street. Most of the buildings in the photo are residential. 

So this was the rare occasion that Loki actually had on tennis shoes. Sergey has jeans on, but would wear fleece "long underwear" under the pants. Sergey normally didn't wear gloves, Larisa doesn't have gloves on and Loki has his hands tucked into his jacket. 

This was the trolley that runs in the middle of the road. Not this particular section, but other sections of trolley, drivers will drive on the trolley path north or south to get around cars etc. Also yes, that's a Carls Jr over there to the left of the screen. Everything above the Carls Jr is residential. 

So here is my picturesque view of the Moscow Gate. The cars are driving in three or four lanes, depending on where you can squeeze and what time of day it is. The "billboard" on the bottom in the "shelter" 80000 is in Rubles so that would be about 2600 USD. To the left is a real estate sign. I think they are saying either the price is 1.3 million rubles or thirty thousand dollars. The middle sign is for Gazprom, which is the national oil industry. Gazprom provides natural gas for homes, and gasoline for automobiles. It's been around for 20 years only because it was created post communism collapse. The third sign is a transit sign. Each is different and makes absolutely no sense. If you speak Russian you are good to go. 

Oh and the signs constantly flip/change. 

This is one of the few subway images I could collect. We had purchased the stroller at this point, but because we were taking the taxi we didn't bring it with us. 

Sergey and Larisa frequently "debated" the taxi/subway/ walking conundrum. Generally I preferred the underground or bus transportation because driving on the streets is ridiculously scary.  

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