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Old 03-15-2017   #41
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1. I'm not avoiding contacts including eye contacts. In any country. I smile, just because how I feel, and I sometimes ending up talking. You have to look into the person eyes to understand, sometimes it leads to understanding what picture is not to be taken.
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I meant what does one generally do in Russia; not you Ko.Fe. in particular.

I would like to go some day, but the language is incredibly difficult for a simple-minded American like me.
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Old 03-15-2017   #42
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I'm not aware of any difference from Europe and Canada. People just smile less.
For people who are not speaking Russian best is the guided tours. Some years ago two of my ex-managers from France went on private guided tour at Baikal in winter.
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Stray dogs.
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Stray dogs.

It took me awhile, but the story finally streamlined in my head yesterday.

Stray dogs and cats are common around Moscow. We went on dacha and here is person feeding stray dog:



Some feed them, some hate them, but most are just ignoring them...

On weekend I went to see the mother-in-law place were we lived for years. It was her, her mother and my wife. Plus, one dog and one cat. By the time we left to Canada it was two kids, three adults and two dogs, one cat. One dog was rescued from the street. And cat was saved from the basement hole at the place we used to live entrance.
So, I came to see this place. Just beside the entrance and under windows of ex-apartment I meet this person and his dog.



He was getting older, moving less and once he got blood clot in his leg, he could walk even less. But he decided to rescue this stray dog from his dacha place and because he has to walk with her outside, his leg fully recovered.
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Traveling.

Moscow has three major airports. All are connected by public transit. And at least seven major train stations for different directions, regions, countries.
Plus two water travel stations and buses are everywhere.







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double freedom sign.

If you make by two fingers victory sign on both hands and cross them in front of your eye, this will be how we described "behinds the bars" when we were USSR kids. Now it became the hashtag.



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City Views.

Adding couple of more city views.






I printed some copies, will put them in album and send it per request to NY...
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Train encounters.
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Train encounters.

You never know whom you are going to meet on the suburb train.



I wasn't the only New Canadian.



For some train tickets are too expensive. This guy in New Canadian jacket was running back and forth with another ticketless. In Russia person riding without ticket is called the Hare (wild rabbit).

On the ride back to home we meet one frequent musician. He helped my mother once to open non-operative door by special key.

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I love these images!
#Russia.... Love that.
I like the story about "The Hare".
I like hearing about the buses and trains around Moscow. Reminds me of Sofia [Bulgaria]. I do miss drinking beer on the train. Its so different in the US. I miss the people I met on the train. Especially the older folks. Good I had an FSU camera with me, eh? I should scan more of my film....

So, thanks Kostya. I really enjoy your images of both Moscow and Canada. It makes me wish I was better about sharing my own images, although they're not nearly as interesting...
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Thank you, Jeff, for super nice words!

If you scan even one year old film it is interesting, the older film is scanned, more interesting stories it reveals, IMO.

We were drinking not only beer back then in the suburb trains. In nineties we purchased land lot for dacha. And on the way back we started to celebrate with seller. By the time we have to get out from the train, I was wasted. My wife and mother-in-law were holding me straight, we walked instead of taking bus and I was playing game "guess which car is behind you". Back then it was possible to recognize vehicle by the sound of engine and transmission.
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Not sure what is more interesting, the photos or the stories ?
ohh, well the combination of both makes this thread one of the most interesting and enjoyable here in RFF, well done, bravo! Good photographer and good writer
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