Where i live

Trip Start Feb 05, 2006
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Trip End Jun 30, 2006


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Monday, February 20, 2006

this is where i live. the place is much nicer than it looks on the pictures. people are friendly and quiet most of the time. unfortunately there are two music stores on the other side of the street. they seem to have a battle going on about who can play the loudest music. it is disturbing. i can't work, study, or sleep without earplugs. moreover, the heating does not work properly. if i wouldn't have brought my sleeping bag, I would be freezing at night. the interior design of my room is made for ascets. i only have one power plug. the furniture is falling apart.

my bed broke a couple of days ago by simply sleeping on it. suddenly there was a loud crash and I found myself lying on the floor. I ran downstairs to report the event to the administration. the woman in charge didn't even look at me. she said that there wouldn't be anything she could do and continued to watch TV. as I'm in Russia, I didn't put any more effort into solving the problem. I just slept on the floor for a couple of days. Then the supervisor of the dormitory moved me into another room, until the bed is repaired.

in the dormitory, there is no internet. only a kitchen and a TV set. the doors are locked at night from one to six in the morning. if you want to get in anyway, you have to bribe the guard with a bottle of vodka or some rubles. in general this is not a problem. it's just getting on my nerves that I have to do something all the time when I want something. life is so good at home, because everything is quite organized.

you can also try to call someone inside the dormitory, who will sneak downstairs and open the door for you. however, you must be really careful with the guard. last week, my finnish friends got "arrested while breaking into the dorm". now they are in deep trouble.

my room is cleaned by a babuschka every day. she is a friendly lady in her forties or fifties. she tells me to clean up and make my bed. like a real mom. occassionally she cleans the kitchen, because we are not very good at it. there is not so much equipment to cook with in the kitchen. if you want to cook some more, at first you have to go through the entire dorm and collect all the utensiles you need for the job. doing this you meet many interesting people.

the majority of the dorm dwellers are Germans. closely followed by Finnish. Then there is some students from Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Russia, Siberia, France... . Quite the international place. There are parties every night. People always get drunk on something. The night life also includes playing backgammon, cards or any other kind of games.

further interesting details shall be revealed soon
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