Oto in Motherland: a (huge) photo log

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Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:09 pm

Playground and typical residential blocks
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Very typical living arrangements for many citizens

Non-functional ping-pong table
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Garage
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The corner of the building where I lived during this trip.
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You can see just how worn-out it is here!

Prospekt Prosvescheniya (‘Enlightenment Avenue’), right near my windows
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:10 pm

Trash can
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Enlightenment Avenue
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Sign reads “what’s next?”

No comment?
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Shopping arrangements nearby, I’d often go for groceries there
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The car in the middle is apparently a ‘veterinary ambulance’

Inside the block where I resided for this trip
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
Joined: 05 May 2003

Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:11 pm

Another day; a tram ride down the Enlightenment Avenue Image
Interesting Oto fact:
Oto’s grandfather, the one who was seen in previous pictures, spent all his adult life (until very recently) involved in building these tram cars. He rose from assembly line worker to the factory’s HR manager in later years. A real hard-working guy, he didn’t retire until almost the age of 80, and now spends most of his time doing all sorts of handiwork at his dacha for himself and the neighbourhood.

That’s not to say the trams, most of which are now decades old, are particularly good – sturdy, though!

View out the window.
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A demolition site behind the fence.
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A Soviet-era movie theatre turned shopping centre
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Heavy ConstruKction
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:30 pm

Tram door
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A nice neighbourhood park
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There seems to be a recently-built church (could not have been there in the soviet times) in the background; the car in front is a typical VAZ of perhaps 25-year vintage

Random Oto on the tram.
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I kept it since it’s the only picture I’ve seen which is accurate to my actual eye colour

A brick apartment block.
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A step up from those doubleplus ungood prefab cardhouses!

Passing another tram
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
Joined: 05 May 2003

Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:44 pm

Concrete building of the same so-called “ship” series, in all its true-to-life ugliness
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These were built mostly in the 70’s and by now are in an absolutely awful state

A new building
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The far end of Englightenment Avenue at Grazhdansky Prospekt (‘Citizens’ Avenue’)
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Buildings
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A Soviet version of a skyscraper or something
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:44 pm

Enlightenment Avenue – now we go back the same way
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Riding off
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One of the new-built shopping malls
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Clouds getting a bit creepy
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Rails and pavement
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
Joined: 05 May 2003

Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:44 pm

Rails
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Approaching another tram
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(good thing I didn’t stick out of the window too far! :o )

Back of another tram
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Shopping and housing
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
Joined: 05 May 2003

Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:46 pm

Clouds over the demolition site
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Clouds over the tram line
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Oh bah. It rained.
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What?
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
Joined: 05 May 2003

Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:47 pm

Brick wall
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Gorsvet?
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(noone still caught that movie reference from before?)

Signs on the wall of a college – “No smoking” and “Defending the rights of conscripted men and reserve officers”
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Obligatory conscription is the reason I am not a Russian citizen.

*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
Joined: 05 May 2003

Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:47 pm

Back to the commuter trains – taking a brief ride out of town.
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Me blatantly challenging my fear of railroads!
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I like to play around on rails despite this fear; perhaps that’s why I have it in the first place. With dachas and commuting to them being such a big part of life, needless to say I spent a lot of time near rail lines like that.

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Freight train – the business end
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The back end
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
Joined: 05 May 2003

Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:47 pm

Bicycle
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Kids’ picnic?
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Tree stump
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Number on a dacha Image

Bike and tent
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
Joined: 05 May 2003

Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:48 pm

Ducks in a muddy pond
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A friendly otter!
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Otter and duck
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Oto (not otter!) in a puddle
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
Joined: 05 May 2003

Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:48 pm

No comments!
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Station, going back
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:49 pm

Waiting for the train
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The journeying Oto!
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(yea, playing on rails again)

Train heading the other way
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Messing with focus
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
Joined: 05 May 2003

Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:49 pm

Shuvalovo, walking home again
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Another high fence
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Sunset over old dachas
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Random:
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Sign reads – “We buy hair! Most expensive!” :lol:


*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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