Oto in Motherland: a (huge) photo log

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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 2:35 pm

Random.
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Random-er.
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In front of Pribaltiyskaya hotel, in the general area where I lived and went to school.
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In the background there is the hilariously-named 'restaurant' of the fast food chain "BLINdonalts"

Pribaltiyskaya Hotel right opposite to which I lived between the ages of 7 and 10
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I lived in this.
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Yes, the one with the crooked balcony. It was fucking scary to walk out on it.

On the other hand, it was fun to throw firecrackers from up there.

*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 2:36 pm

An ancient electronic lock on the front door of the building.
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I remember using it. It no longer actually works.

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What?

Gulf of Finland shore
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[Oto's] schoolyard
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These things are quite high actually (as much as 10 feet).
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We used to go up on top of them and just WALK on them.
This time me and my friend climbed up and sat there, slightly nervous, discussing how fucking stupid we were to even attempt something that potentially hazardous :roll:

*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 2:37 pm

Soviet playground
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New buildings
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Smolenka river area, old Soviet-era shopping center on the bottom floors of the building opposite.
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Another view of the building where I lived between 7 and 10, in front of Pribaltiyskaya hotel.
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 2:38 pm

Front door with the ancent lock is the one with the light shining above it
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Newly-built area
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Guess what that sign says...

NO PARKING, lol



*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 2:39 pm

A brief departure out of town to visit a great-aunt, snapped a few pictures of the train station enroute.
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Freight train.
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Out-of-town commuter train.
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Amusing Oto fact:
Being killed by a train is possibly my greatest phobia. Not sure why, but I’m scared to death by being run over by one of these things. Perhaps one reason is a recurring nightmare I’ve seen several times in my life where exactly that happens :shock:

More illegal subway pics:
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 2:39 pm

Subway continues:
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hay
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 2:40 pm

Rainy day on the Smolenka river
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View from roughly the same place, to the left. Nalichnaya street in front of Primorskaya subway station.
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The block where I lived from age 7 to 14 (in two different apartments). Viewed from the window of my friend Sergey's apartment.
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My friend Sergei.
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Hax?

*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 2:41 pm

Walking to the older part of Vasilievsky Island. Finally we’re starting to get to that pretty St. Petersburg of legend – and, trust me on this one, it is a fantastic city. Image

"Dedicated to the Sea Wolves who were here in 1995"
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...what?

The bank of the Small Neva river
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Yes, the street is really slanted like that (ramp leading to a bridge)
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Hospital where I went after breaking my ankle. Ow.
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For those wondering – I was pushed off the stairs by a pair of kids in grade 7 who thought it’d be amusing to do so. By some fortune, instead of rolling down the stairs, which could have resulted in worse injuries (they pushed me pretty hard) – I managed to run a few steps then jump – and would have remained completely uninjured had I landed on my foot instead of … whatever the reverse side of my foot would be, with all my weight, from some height, too. Both bones in my ankle were broken and took a couple of months to heal.
If one watches carefully, I can still be noted limping slightly on my right foot.

*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 2:42 pm

Hospital alley
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Painful memories. I had to hop on one leg across this alley with the other leg broken.

Neva river.
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Friend Kirill at the water’s edge.
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Neva, looking west from the famous Palace Bridge.
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Palace Bridge, shot from in front of the Winter Palace.
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 2:43 pm

The Winter Palace.
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or is it just a picture of a stupid Hummer with fancy architecture in background?

Winter Palace (left) and Alexander’s Column on Palace Square.
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On the bus.
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Central bookstore in St. Petersburg
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One of the very typical St. Petersburg streets (1st Line, Vasilievsky Island, looking south)
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:42 pm

One day, me and friend Kirill decided we want to go to Peterhof, the well-known summer residence of the Czars that's probably the main out-of-town attraction near St. Petersburg, often called "Russian Versailles". World Heritage site and all.

It's kind of the place where you'd go on school and family trips, but both of us haven't been there in ages, and then we remembered that there's a fast boat ferry service there that we'd go on when we were young kids but then it got too expensive.

So, we found out prices, which by Russian standards were kinda high ($15 or so one way), I put my 1000roubles (~$40) on the table and said "fuck it, we're going", and off we went.

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Well, starting with the bus, of course.

Popular Russian multi-purpose vehicle, Gazelle, seen here in its most popular role - as a cheap privately-owned shuttle service.
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The shuttles are often not up to mechanical standards and the drivers are often not properly licensed to drive a vehicle like that - and have insane driving habits - so the accident rate for these things is particularly atrocious.

I avoided them like the plague.

Cargo version of the same vehicle.
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I guess I’d better introduce him properly…
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Kirill Grunichev, college student, currently finishing up his final semester of Computer Engineering at the Leningrad Electro-Technical Institute. Runs a popular Russian abandonware site, avid gamer, lives at home with parents and 3 siblings. Is one of my 2 best friends along with Sergei Zavodsky (alluded to before).

I dragged Kirill out every other day during my trip since he was on vacation and would otherwise just sit there at his PC.
He had a preference for more 'visual stuff', so after Peterhof our venues changed more to subs, ships, trains and tanks rather than culture museums.

Even as recently as a few hours ago, I could be found playing games with him online :P


Another Gazelle
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:43 pm

Lawn tractor on the bluntly named "Bolshoi Prospect" ("Big Avenue")
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Bolshoi Prospect at 8th/9th Line
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The Spit of Vasilievsky Island, smack in the middle of town.
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On the left is one of the two decorative Rostral Columns, commemorating Russia’s naval victories.

In centre – Peter and Paul’s Fortress, the oldest and most central building in St. Petersburg. The city began with it in 1703.
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Winter palace under repair. Ouch.
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If it weren't for the contrast, it wouldn't be that ugly.

*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:43 pm

Waiting for the boat (to take us to Peterhof) at the quay
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Aboard
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Random people
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Sneaking in random people into my picture and making them sort of the focus became a hobby of mine later...

The speed boats, called "Meteor", go at maybe 100km/h. Image
People usually just sit, but there's a nice partially-open 'smoking deck' that you see in the rear part of it.

Myself and Kirill rushed it immediately, rigged up our photo equipment, and didn't leave it until the end of the 30-minute ride.

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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:43 pm

The 'spit of the Vasilievsky Island' in the centre of St. Petersburg with the old stock market building (now Central Naval Museum) and the Rostral Columns (marking Russian naval victories against Sweden and Turkey).
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The Palace Quay with its characteristic buildings, Winter Palace being just off the right edge of the picture. Most of them are taken up by the Hermitage archives. Yes, the ones that had stuff stolen from them while I was in town – I’m sure you’ve heard about that on the news.
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More random people.
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An old church on Vasilievsky Island.
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Last bridge on the Small Neva.
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:43 pm

That building on Vasilievsky Island was seen in another picture before.
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A Meteor parking area on the Small Neva
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Exiting the Small Neva.
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Another Meteor
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Familiar part of Vasilievsky Island
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(you should recognize that building from another photo)

*to be continued*
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