Oto in Motherland: a (huge) photo log

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Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:50 pm

And if you didn’t have enough trains in previous pictures….

Kirill and me decided to go to a recently opened railroad museum!
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The museum has quite a thorough collection of steam engines
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:50 pm

An old cistern
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Cistern and huge rail gun (not to be confused with ‘railgun’)
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The phallic structure in the background may need some explanation
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That over there is the museum’s most prized exhibit – one of Russia’s most terrifying weapons for quite a while.

It’s one of the so-called ‘death trains’, a perfectly normal-looking freight train which contains a fully autonomous ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile launcher), each capable of wiping out several cities anywhere in the world.
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The ‘death trains’ were declassified and pulled out of service in 2001, probably much to the Americans relief – tracking them was an impossibility among thousands of similar-looking cars on tens of thousands of kilometers of Russia’s railroads, making them one of the world’s stealthiest weapons platforms.


*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:51 pm

Yea, I know they said no climbing exhibits… clearly we didn’t listen!
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Electric locomotives
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:51 pm

An Austrian-built diesel locomotive
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Telegraph pole and ICBM
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That’s not porn! That’s 30 years of communism!
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The rail gun mounting
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:51 pm

One last picture of the Death Train itself, and we’re off to another day!
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Another day; buildings at the Smolenka. These always gave me the impression of being unstable
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Bus stop on Korablestraitelei Street
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Behind there – Oto’s final apartment building in Russia where he lived around 1995-1998

Korablestroitelei Street, wide as hell
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Buildings. The one closer is my building; the prominent one further back is mainly a student dormitory.
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:52 pm

The funky window bars are on Oto’s ex-apartment. They were that way when we bought it.
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Directly outside those windows -
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“I LOVE YOU!”
If that was intended for me, you’re a few years late :|

Cigarettes and crap in puddle
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Along my usual path home
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:52 pm

The inner side. If you can see the window with the funky bars – that was my bedroom!
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(my bed was right next to that window, too)

The round-ish things supposedly prevent people from parking. They weren’t there when I lived here and people parked right outside the window.

Courtyard
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For some reason the image I have in my head when I see this is me hopping across that yard with my leg in a cast (if you remember that earlier story about me breaking it)

Further down in the yard
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That service building had a not-too-hard to reach ladder and we used to climb on the roof of it a lot.

Garages. The official young Oto hangout!
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If you’re wondering – yes, we used to spend a lot of time on their roofs just chilling or playing various games. Oh the memories!

*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:53 pm

Puddles
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Same block.
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My friend Sergei lives in the one with the huge arch

Parking and new construction.
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My school is just behind the new building; used to be visible.

*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:54 pm

The garages again
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Ambulance. Gulf of Finland far in the background
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The big dorm building
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My friend Sergei’s building.
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I was talking to him on the cellphone while taking this picture of his windows, hehe.

View from Sergei’s building towards Kirill’s building
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:54 pm

An alley – interestingly, between two kindergartens.
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I wonder why they have two kindergartens in the same block.

Kirill’s elevator
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View from Kirill’s windows
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Picked him up and we went off to our old school…

Schoolyard
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Aw bummer!
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The bastards change the number of the school!

Boo. It used to be School #33 when we went there, clearly a much cooler number :(

(the reason the number was changed is because it was amalgamated with another school nearby. The reason that had to be so might not be too hard to guess – with Russia’s birth rates dropping catastrophically in the 1990’s, there’s simply not enough students to keep many schools open)

*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:54 pm

Oto’s school
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Inside.
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Ironically, much of the school staff is still the same!

Cafeteria
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Oh how I used to love their fish patties <3

Decorations at the front entrance commemorating the history of St. Petersburg
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:55 pm

Oto’s homeroom door
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Used to be the Music room (as the art outside it suggests), now it’s History
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The art in the school, where it still remains, is by my art teacher whom I didn’t like; he’s been dead for years now however

Hallway
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I didn’t think much when taking that picture, but now that I look at it…it scares me how much shit happened within the radius of just a few meters of where that picture was taken from. I’m not even gonna try to describe it all.

Suffice to say – I broke my leg just off to the right of this picture. And see that glass in the door? It didn’t used to be transparent, more translucent – until I broke it. Then there’s the dreaded math room on the left hand side. I can’t begin to say how much shit happened there. From fistfights to telling off tyrannical teachers to escaping various chases.

Oto had a very tough school experience – I don’t like to brag, but I was very likely this school’s top student that was never was actually top because some teachers outright hated me. That’s not paranoia, that’s just an individualistic student who would stand up to teachers in a system that was frequently Soviet and didn’t like individualism. I argued with teachers incessantly. I was bullied and would frequently be forced to defend myself physically. At the same time I had a streak of successes in a number of city-wide competitions in several subjects.

But I loved the school at the same time. There was a number of outstanding teachers whom I owe more to than anyone besides perhaps my family. There I met my best friends and had some frankly awesome times. And I mean hell – I have to give this place its due. Thanks to this and other ‘tough life’ experiences, I’m a much more balanced and pragmatic person today. It taught me to be mature and stand up for myself, instead of being some emo pile of goo :roll:


Geography classroom through that glass I once broke
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Seems like some wall posters migrated here from the former Civil Defense class which is now the school’s only computer lab (using shamefully outdated PCs)

Same door
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:56 pm

Hallway near the gym
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The gym teacher hated me. I hated him too and somehow managed to arrange quitting gym altogether. Ha! :P

They seem to be doing lots of work on the upper floors
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View from the 3rd floor to the schoolyard
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Out of the school now…

The big dorm building
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Random wall
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Thu Jan 04, 2007 12:15 am

My final set of pictures that was taken in Russia!

View from a balcony in my other grandmother’s building
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Trash
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Kitchen
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*to be continued*
Otohiko
 
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Postby Otohiko » Thu Jan 04, 2007 12:15 am

Light fixture
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Found this at my grandmothers’ place – guess who that is :P
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And that was it for Russia!... almost

At Pulkovo airport
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Various Pulkovo Airlines jets
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Aboard…
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*to be continued*
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