In remembrance of Moscow past - plastic film roll
While my initial memory of Moscow has been trampled by the ambitious new Moscow, the first impression of setting foot on the Russian capital-a bit like Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon-is hard to shake.
What is the root of this addiction? At least part of the temptation is the result of a lifelong infusion process that constantly reminds us that "Russia is the enemy ".
"The concept of" evil empire "lurking somewhere outside our sleepy American neighborhood has been diving home for years under the rickety desk of the alarm clock's ang sound, our communist arch is expected to have a nuclear strike. nemesis.
At the same time, Americans are involved in their own small war on this issue: "die better than red," and right-wing dieters bravely claim;
"Red is better than death," the left-wing opposition warned . ".
However, most Americans certainly don't know what the Russians really want, or even where Russia is, or where the Russian children lie awake at night, shaking at the thought of nuclear war.
We only know what others tell us: the Soviet "Red Machine" wants to roll us all over.
From the way the Soviet Union usually rolled us over every four years at the Olympics, the idea doesn't seem too far-fetched.
So when this day finally arrives, you will find yourself strolling in Tverskaya Ulitsa, Moscow, enjoying a sunny shopping day, this place once brought you a nuclear nightmare. it was a profound experience.
To be sure, the same number of Russians find themselves perched on a pedestrian street in the middle of the bustling Times Square in New York City, standing in awe in traffic, with sound and endless people, also experienced the same awakening of Surrealismup moment.
Talk to other expats about the changes that have taken place in the Russian capital (for those who are not in the Moscow Circle, The Russians insist that Moscow, while affectionately described as a large village, is "not Russia;
"Like New York City is not really the United States, I think), most people seem to be eager for the capital of the early days, in fact, the whole country, A terrible tightrope between the past and the future.
Of course, what is even more frightening is that it is somehow innocent at the same time.
Although in the late 1990 s there was a desperate atmosphere hanging over the city, at least from a foreigner's point of view there were also some exciting and refreshing places in Moscow, after all, if the situation is really bad, there is always the option to take a taxi to the airport (in fact, after the catastrophic collapse of the ruble in 1998, many people did this, which destroyed the wealth of many individuals, this is true for both Russians and expats ).
For example, the difference between Moscow and New York City, past and present, is amazing.
Going back to the "good times of the past", the most prominent point in Russia, in my opinion, is the curious "professional ethics", "which is basically to say that if you are an employee, you have the right to berate and belittle people (humble consumers) who want to buy your goods.
From New York, where "consumers are King", I find this a pleasant one, though occasionally an angry role swap.
After returning to the grim 90 s, a German friend was frustrated because he didn't understand why "The Russian flight attendant never smiled at me.
"It was a repeated complaint, and I agreed with the argument at first.
After all, isn't the job of a flight attendant smiling at me and making me feel good about myself? At least give me some facial expressions and tell me everything is going well --
The shape and wings in the cockpit are still under attack, but I heard the Russian side of the story.
Why do Westerners need flight attendants (and other salespeople) to shine their teeth every time they pass by to make them feel good, because of my job, a Russian man exaggerated to ask me, by the way, he is not a flight attendant.
In fact, she asked: "If the flight attendant is doing professional work, why would it irritate them if the service is lacking a smile . ".
Russian female fat man said, does this not mean that there is something missing from this person who is uncomfortable because he is not exposed to an absolute stranger's grin (this time injured, let me tell you) the smile of the West is alltoo-
There are usually no real feelings and emotions.
There is nothing behind the eyes except the blank gaze.
Like Pavlov's lazy dog, it acts instinctively, not from the heart.
My ruthless friend went on to say that they really felt it when the Russians smiled, not because some of the company's employee manuals thought it was their request.
While my Russian friend's argument seems to make sense, it was forced in the end --
The smile camp won the debate.
All of a sudden, on a Russian airline flight next to chicken and dried fish in Kiev, the glittering Pepsodent smile began to appear.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, the Moscow Metro is actually overhyping a Smile campaign
There was a blond Slavic girl on the poster, and her two neatly trimmed fingers pointed to her open corners of the mouth as if a smile had to be taught to the Russian people again.
Another big difference between "Moscow at the time" and "Moscow now" is the consumption culture of the two eras.
If there is almost nothing to smile in the stores of the 1990 s, it seems that there are fewer now.
Enter an Ashaun "hypermarket" (is it me, or "hypermarket"
The ugliest word of time in the vernacular of English), you will immediately understand what I mean.
The French, bless their hearts, build such a machine in the southwest of the city near my home, make me crazy, but going anywhere near will make me explode in the hive
Believe me when I say: you must see it to believe it.
There are 110 cashiers in front of the store, which will definitely make the Russian front during World War II look like an afternoon picnic.
I have never been to this place when no less than 10 customers per line are waiting to pay for the item.
Thanks to the incredible size of the store, everything from plasma super screen TV to frozen fish, girls who do price checks and other similar tasks negotiate on felt floors on roller blades, it always reminds me of the movie roller ball because they are not ashamed to throw their elbows and throw insults when they pass.
In the middle of this madness is a huge aisle crossing the store;
It is large enough, if necessary, to handle the landing of a small turbine spiraling aircraft.
This is the only place where one can escape the bumps and squats of the shopping cart.
People are shopping, obviously.
In fact, it looks like most Russians are stocking up for the next World Cup, and the entire apartment building has been invited.
When considering all this crazy activity, it is hard to imagine that just 10 years ago, there were almost no shopping centers, no supermarkets and no hypermarkets in Moscow.
In fact, most purchases can be done within walking distance from the apartment.
Since the store is not necessarily full of merchandise, there is little need to buy a sports utility vehicle to bring home the goodies.
In fact, in those leisurely UN
Super days later, a man told a girl behind the counter what he wanted, paid in a separate window, then got the receipt back and picked up his plastic bag from that girl. Simple.
This is a brutal irony: There have been recent reports that Russia's consumption line is the longest in the world.
The longest time;
The longest space
It was also true 20 years ago, but no one had a lot of stuff in their carts.
The key question now is: all this rush and stuff makes Moscow better, is anyone really happier? I doubt that.
Prince Yuri (not luzhov, but dorgoruki) established Moscow in 1147, and about 500, New York was first mentioned as a Dutch trade Station by chronicles.
Today, Moscow and New York have the largest population in their respective countries, both of which can be described as cities that never sleep.
In fact, let me tell you that Moscow has recently been declared the city with the largest number of billionaires, which has not lowered the price of shoes.
At the same time, New York still maintains the reputation of the world's most important financial center, although Londoners may scoff at it.
First of all, Moscow can't really prepare you for the shock and awe of New York Cityversa.
For example, even though I and 10 million other commuters endured the daily congestion of the Moscow Metro, it didn't prepare me for the large number of commuters in the New York Metro rush hour.
Before I had the courage to jump into the whirlpool, I stared at the raging pedestrian river for a whole minute.
Even so, I managed to get myself lost.
Yes, even though the Moscow Metro is the largest subway system in the world, getting lost in English is still much easier
New York Metro.
Although the industry in these two cities
The strength of the size (about 450 residents about 10 million square miles), New York City, its towering skyscrapers have a terrible habit of blocking most of the available sun and feeling more urban than Moscow, as mentioned earlier, many Russians call it a happy big village.
This is another aspect that "old Moscow" can easily miss.
Just 10 years ago, the car population was about half of what it is today (millions of millions ).
Russians recall that "good times" when traveling to and from the office consumed a fraction of their commute time.
It's a quieter, more relaxed time when Russian cars don't seem to be equipped with annoying horns and alarm systems.
Today, like all major cities, Moscow continues to lay asphalt in order to keep pace with all-around cars.
Judging from the chaotic deadlock in the Russian capital every morning and evening, the city is losing the battle.
The recent battle to protect birch and oak forests rather than highways in northern Moscow shows that when the battle is over, the Moscow people are willing to draw the line, because their ever-decreasing green space is an important way to escape the metropolis, as proved by a brutal summer of the last.
Like Moscow, much of New York's appeal comes from the feeling that the place is always in a state of anarchy;
There is another scene in every corner, but it is not always the most fascinating scene.
Millions of people who make up this daily performance have a strong multicultural personality;
Every language, every religion, every nationality can be found on the streets of New York (according to a poll, 2005 of people use nearly 170 languages in the city, although 36% of the population was born outside the United States ).
Moscow can also be described as the best street theater, although the cast of the characters is more uniform and homogeneous.
This gives Moscow the predictability that a multicultural place like New York can never have.
If you hear a foreign language on the streets of the Russian capital, it is likely to come from tourists or temporary "foreigners" rather than permanent residents.
As you walk down the streets of New York City, be prepared to welcome a variety of social and cultural factors.
However, the show is as exciting and exotic as Moscow.
Ten years ago, New York was faced with soaring crime rates, infrastructure collapse and image problems.
Tourists avoided the city like a plague.
Big Apples are almost bugs today.
Free: Of the 10 largest cities in the United States, it has the lowest crime rate, while violent crime has fallen by 75% in the past 15 years.
At the same time, the murder rate in 2005 was the lowest since 1963 (during my most recent stay, I rented a room on the street and Broadway, and the hotel's desk clerk told me, it's a community with a lot of Spanish presence, and it's a "region where no one was involved 10 years ago ".
I thought one of the times I was robbed in Moscow was in a gypsy taxi.
The unpredictable white driver suddenly waved a big pistol while driving, with a pistol, and spoke quickly.
I thought it was my "money or my life" because I had nothing in my pocket except for the taxi fee, so I thought it was the latter.
Later, I learned that the desperate man just wanted to sell me the weapons (which is also strange because Moscow is usually armed ).
Free, at least in Africa. Criminal people ).
At the same time, Moscow also ushered in its own revival.
In both material and psychological terms, the capital escaped from the shadow of communism.
The buildings that were disrepaired during the Soviet era are now being amazingly renovated (even completely rebuilt, like Christ the Savior Cathedral and the Moscow hotel), so shoe shops and coffee shops are amazing and ready to gomade interiors.
Meanwhile, the wave of gangs
The work that alarmed the city decades ago has basically disappeared (touching wood ).
However, large-scale reconstruction efforts are not without criticism.
A large part of the Moscow skyline has become the gallery of Georgian AB Tsereteli's work, a Georgian artist who has made good deals with Mayor Luzhkov many years ago
The prolific artist is responsible for many urban projects, including the vast Manezh shopping center, which has fountains, sculptures and public squares across the Red Square.
He was also commissioned to decorate the Cathedral of Christ the Savior with bronze statues, as well as the Great War Memorial Hall of poklonaya Gora.
However, his most notorious work is the terrible Peter, a great statue standing 90 metres high on both sides of the Moscow River, just a stone's throw from the Cathedral of the Savior sitting opposite.
The Giant Behemoth was named the tenth ugliest building in the world by virtual visitors in 2008.
For good or bad, Tsereteli's work will define not only Luzhkov's legacy, but also a critical moment for the Russian capital to experience the most challenging period in history.
No matter what the final verdict turned out to be, it was a bad journey.