Oto in Motherland: a (huge) photo log

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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:09 pm

Bridge
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Kirill wonders if he can go under it…
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…well?
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Nope.
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Can look at the water as much as you like, though
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:09 pm

Aurora

Aurora is a pre-dreadnought Protected Cruiser, built in 1899. She is one of the survivors of the infamous Battle of Tsushima, where the Russians were decisively crushed by the Imperial Japanese Navy; she served in World War I, and – the reason she was preserved all these years – fired the shot signaling the beginning of the main Communist revolt in October 1917. The ship then served in WWII, was sunk by German bombers in shallow water, had her guns removed to serve in the counter-battery to the German siege guns in Leningrad; after the war she was repared and used as a training ship. Significantly overhauled in the 1980s, Aurora now stands as a museum ship, with an amazing career of over a century.
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:09 pm

Aurora, continued
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:10 pm

The bow of the Aurora
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The river’s current makes it look like the ship is sailing forward!
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The forward gun turret
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:10 pm

Aurora’s living quarters
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There is little inside the aurora preserved in original state, which was disappointing. Even the museum exhibitions only take up a couple of rooms – wonder what’s in the rest.

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Aurora’s captain Yegoriev and an actual shell hole left by Japanese gunfire at the battle of Tsushima, where Yegoriev – along with 5,000 Russian sailors and many ships – was killed
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Japan only lost one torpedo boat and a couple of hundred men in that battle.

Various Soviet insignia on the Aurora
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Model Kiev-class aircraft carrier on exhibition
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:11 pm

Aurora’s lifeboats
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Heading back now, Peter and Paul’s fortress in the background
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Trash in the Political History Museum backyard (formerly the Museum of the Revolution)
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Mosque
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:11 pm

Mosque, continued
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Certainly one of the most beautiful and elaborate buildings in the city

Japanese restaurant and some crap
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Cheap Asian food places are a fad in Russia nowadays

A fountain – given to St. Petersburg by France in honour of the city’s 300th anniversary in 2003
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New construction in an old area
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:11 pm

The reason we headed this way was because I remembered that, as an exception to my otherwise strictly-Vasilievsky-island-upbringing, I lived in this part of town for about a year at age 6

Poor tree
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This is a legendary confectionery store door!
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I’ll explain: this is near where I lived at the time. Naturally, we went here to buy sweets….

I went in this time too
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But the story is, once I stayed near that door and, for some reason or other, I accidentally put my hand somewhere I shouldn’t have… result – I crushed my finger. Ow, I can still feel the pain!

…but, for a picture, I couldn’t resist:
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:lol:

The door is EXACTLY the same as it was a whole 16 years ago! I was so happy at finding it I even bought ice cream and cookies for my grandmother at the store. Both were good.

*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:14 pm

Backyard, near where I lived at age 6
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Looking shady yet?
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Alleyways and arches
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I loved this place to death for its athmosphere. Classic poor man’s St. Petersburg – almost Dostoyevsky’s Petersburg
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(I say “almost” because I’ll have pictures of actual areas from Dostoyevsky’s novels, esp. Crime and Punishment)

*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:14 pm

Nothing more depressing than a huge, windowless, multi-storey wall!
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The tiny courtyard of the building where I lived then
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The door
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:15 pm

And this, radies and Gentleman, is where I lived at age 6:

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Yep. My bedroom was right above that… hole.

There was a hole in the floor, too. Below was a seemingly-bottomless basement with a permanent layer of water. We had to keep it covered with a huge box. At night, rats would scratch against the box’s bottom. Occasionally, though, they’d find other ways to get into the house. We had to borrow a cat to keep them out.

Windows.
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Yep, that’s the apartment. The ceilings there were HUGE, though. Twice the height of a normal house you’d expect.

Same windows.
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To interpret:
Skins = skinheads, aka. Neo-Nazis
Majors = spoiled rich kids
Clearly then, graffiti by Antifascist kids (yep, there’s such groups in Russia too), whom in principle I support

And that’s what the view from those windows would be like.
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Just imagine. Waking up every morning to THAT :P


View off to the right of the windows.
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Graffiti reads “Rap is shit” :roll:

*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:16 pm

External elevator shaft.
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Ancient elevator attachments, the kind which were added to houses built before elevators were invented. I wouldn’t be caught in one of those deathtraps though!

Trash bin with graffiti
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Courtyard
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Courtyard window
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Same courtyard
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:18 pm

River, near the fortress
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A chapel next to Troitsky Bridge
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Troitsky Bridge
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Neva delta from the Troitsky Bridge
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:18 pm

Fortress, from the bridge
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Troitsky Bridge, from the other side
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Lamp post
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One of the buildings that serves as storage for the Hermitage
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:19 pm

Buildings on the Palace Quay
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An elaborate lamp post in front of the Scientists’ House on the Palace Quay
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Windows of the Scientists’ House
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A lion on the Admiralty Quay and the Kunstkammer across the river
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Statues
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I won’t say anything about boobs I won’t say anything about boobs I won’t say

*to be continued*
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