Tuesday, 14 December 2010

unpolite ATM

The ATM gave me this ... "Your operation was absolutly wrong. Please turn to your bank by use of an offical letter."

Monday, 13 December 2010

Beauty & Deadly - 101 ways to die in SPB

all shots done during one drive from the center to the airport out of the cap...




Friday, 27 August 2010

Botox to go


Also Germany can be a strange place... seen in Berlin

Monday, 12 July 2010

History repeating

Out of a textbook about the history of Russia:

'... by the end of the 19th century, a cult of modernization had arisen that justified any action...'
(the harvest of sorrow, Robert Conquest, 1986, Oxford University Press, p 17)

Sounds somehow familiar, doesn't it?!


Saturday, 3 July 2010

Fail - caged car

This morning they installed posts so cars can't block the sidewalk anymore.

Big fail, that they caged one car behind the posts ;)

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

a unique moment...


heavy turbulence, people fasten their seat belts, food is flying through the air.
next to me the stewardesses take their seats, pick up the security introductions and start to read it very carefully...

... comforting

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

reading does help in fact :)

understanding Estonian or Russian can be an asset...

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

ATM expired

Why I see this kind of stuff all the time in Russia?! :)

Sunday, 24 January 2010

discipline


I was quite surprised to see in a parking lot special lots for handicaped persons.

I wasn't surprised to see that people gave a s**t and anyway parked.

Still the lady parking her new car accross two lots for disabled persons
As a Russian parlamentarian put it not long ago in an interview. 'Our society is not disciplined enough, as that we introduced laws as sophisticated as in Europe/USA'.

I am pretty sure that is true :)

About this blog

This blog is a close up on Russia and the CIS. I am not giving you the big picture.
I would anyway fail. I am too long here. So beauty & decay,
education & corruption, high culture & kafka-style administration are meanwhile normal for me.
So this blog is like a painting from from Roy Lichtenstein... when you are with your nose on it :) You will just see the dots, not gaining any understanding of the whole.

Most things will look strange in this blog. But you can be sure, I would not live here, if there would not be a lot of great things here. Unfortunately, the weired stories are more interesting to tell & read.
Don’t judge Russia on this blog, if you want to know the country, come over and take a look by your own.

Gilles