Thursday, July 24, 2014
One we got the task figured out, we spent another lifetime with the very pleasant lady at the shop. This involved her handing us the cord to plug in the machine, and of course there is no such thing as automatic double-sided. And I have gotten a LOT more practice stapling. And ten random people came in at various points needing things copied so of course she had to help them too. It was all quite entertaining and almost worth the shocking amount of money it cost.
And she is a sport to pose for a picture with her machine, isn't she?
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
My favorite is the metro, since with only two lines it is impossible to get lost. I have managed to board the train going in the wrong direction, though this is scarcely a disaster, considering that we are one stop from the end of the line, at which point the train simply goes back in the right way.
The minibuses, known here as mrshrukas, are plentiful and cheap (50 tetri a ride, less than 30 cents), though the routes seem impossibly complicated to me and even Larissa has to ask, though to be fair, this is because she normally just drives her car and is only taking the bus to humor me.
Still, given enough time, my favorite method of travel here is plain old walking. This mode allows for slowing down to watch old men playing backgammon on the sidewalk using bottle lids for pieces, popping into secondhand shops to paw through sparkly dresses, or investigating the "American House" shop, which turned out to be where expired CVS handcream and returned bedspreads (with department store receipts still taped on) get another shot at being sold.