— When people from all over Russia come to Moscow, many of them say that pace of life here is too quick. It seems that people are always in a hurry. There is a lot of traffic, a lot of car jams, a lot of people in metro. How do you see Moscow? What is it like to live in Moscow?
Moscow really is the "Big Dumpling" of Russia. It's a great town! So much to see and do (when you have any free time, that is). I love the metro! It's one of the best in the world. It's a work of art, literally. I get the impression, as I'm traveling every morning to work, that I am a blood cell traveling through the veins of a giant organism. And I guess that's what Moscow is, in a way. A giant organism that really is the heart of the largest country on earth. I love the fact that the city is quite culturally diverse now and that there is a general atmosphere of tolerance and open-mindedness among the peaceful citizens.
Yes, the traffic is abysmal, and so is the parking, but I just don't drive into the center and I'm fine. Over the 20 years I have been in Russia I have seen Moscow change from a dilapidated post-Soviet city into a beautiful world capital. I'm impressed, and I'm glad to be a part of this amazing organism, even if I am just a blood cell flowing through the metro.
I'm not sure why I have made so many allusions to blood in this podcast. I guess my high school biology lessons are resurfacing today. Stay warm and healthy. The holidays are just around the corner! And Ded Moroz has gifts for all the good Russian boys and girls.