I have a nice TV with alot of channels :)
The show below seems to be some gambling something or other... There seem to be alot of things you can do/play/vote for using your cell phone.
A giant lion in my living room! The landlord was quite happy that I would get to have this.
A tray on my stove - filled with dried stuff... I actually quite like it. My kitchen is very cozy, and my window opens to a little park.
I am really trying to understand the culture here, because things are certainly different that what I know. It is not really that they are "difficult", but things work differently - and actually getting to the bottom of how to accomplish something can be a challenge. Here are some things I have come across:
- Generally, everything is someone else's responsibility - no matter who you ask. There are so many layers - and no one wants to bear the responsibility. I'm told there is some famous phrase about - "who to blame?" Like at work, I want to demonstrate how to do something in Excel... but first, we have to figure out if it is in their job description to do this, and then I need to get IT to show it because that is their job.......
- Not sharing information........ information is power.... So, there is lots of uncertainty here
- When information is shared - it is only the very minimum of what you need. For example, my internet here in my new apartment.... The landlord pays for it - so I did not deal w/the set up - so my realtor just tells me - turn the modem off and back on, and it should work...Uh, don't I need log in and password? So, I get that... Ne rabotat (does not work)...Finally, since everything at work is IT's job, I ask them. Thankfully one guy used to work for my internet company - and knows that I need to call them and give them some information from my computer for it to work..
- Licensure/Credentials - seems to be quite often these are purchased rather than earned.
- Interesting things learned in Russian language lessons - the phrase "is it possible?" also translates as "would you like to?" No wonder I get so many - "it is not possible"s!. The concept of "efficiency" seems to translate as "working harder/more"
Here are some things I love about Moscow
- Everything and nothing are possible in the same moment.
- Summer - the breeze, the parks, the flowers, the outdoor cafes
- I am starting to like it being late so long...
- I love that as a part of my work, I really need to know things about Kazkhstan, Armenia and Tajikistan.
- Everything is so fluid - plans change at a moment's notice with a text message, it really makes you re-think strict planning and timelines :)
- All the people you get to meet....