At the Livonia станции,
we just walked unter it
on the way to Akupunktur,
If you entered the S-Bahn in Munich and exited in брooklyn,
which some travelers
actually indirectly do
by boarding a plane in between,
you would be absolutely certain that
you’ve landed in the third world.
Especially if a resident told you at both ends that
middle income families live hier and here:
We don’t see any rivers running between the tracks in London, however.
a mix of historical stations and
По-другому – anders – different – is that the straphangers will talk with you:
“Our (30-year-old) son lives at home. It’s hard for him to find a job. He studied film.”
And you can overhear some great conversations:
You won’t hear much talk about happiness and you won’t be able to concentrate on the detaли in Moscow, even if the метrо stations are spectacular. The fast escalators, especially in Saint Petersбург, remind us of Russian polarization: on the left we run; on the right we stand. Nobody walks, and nobody talks about happiness. In the subway cars, the passenжиры speak about as much as they do in Munich, New York or London. That is
Yet if we meet underground,
are wearing the same cloths,
have the same haircut,
share the same skin color,
it will be possible to distinguish a Slav from a Western European or American by:
the expression on our face –
above all –
in our eyes.
The news inundates us with fragments of information.
an understanding of the past,
the theoretical framework,
New fragments from completely different
make it into the headlines every day.
We can’t process all this information, but are forced to read it.
Now that we’ve read it, we can talk to our friends.
They say “good.”
We say “good.”
It’s all good.
And now we have to go to the fitness center:
No fresh air for our brains,
but a good body.
Then to the subway.
We live in a world where everyone handles a small part of a larger project.
We prepare the translation,
the holding company handles the management,
the manufacturer combines the parts delivered by suppliers
the suppliers assemble components from subcontractors
the subcontractors deliver parts of the components.
In some places,
we have doubts about the quality.
In Germany, we have these doubts, too. But we
The plumb line for tiles is straight:
are placed at increments
determined by an architect and
probably based on theory.
The design and execution are geplant;
the plans are checked;
And then we do maintenance. And we don’t wait long. It seems our tolerance for imperfection is low.
As soon as
graffiti is smeared on a wall
– DSK has been popular since the exploits of the former head of the international monetary fund were revealed –
or paint begins to peel
or a clock breaks,
our citizens complain, notify, report – anzeigen –
the responsible party,
When I was moving to Москву, a girl in the youth hostel asked
“Why do you want to live here?
They’re all crazy,”
Many of us from Europe or America might have a similar impression.
Maybe many из нас from Russia would think this too if
we only saw ourselves in public.
And that’s the rub –
если бы мы себя только видели на улице.
The public person is completely different from the private one, yet the public one is almost ubiquitous for outsiders –
it is on the street,
at attractions, etc.
These are public places where we have to be alert, prepared for
anger, and so on.
We have only two safe places:
home and in a group of friends or colleagues.
There we can relax, are at ease and let go of our public persona.
the man who rescued the tourists from a gypsy horde that attacked and stole the woman’s wallet and passport. He saw it, punched the gypsy in the face, snatched the tourist’s belongings and returned them,
without any expectation of thanks,
instantly turning away,
Meiner Meinung nach
this gap between the underground car and the platform
is one of the top attractions in Лонdon.
At some stations it’s easily wide enough to swallow a 250 lb – 120 k person.
Another way to meet your death
by public transportation
is to step in front of our nice red double decker buses.
Forget halting, the drivers don’t even slow for anything other than a light or stop.
I think in England we are shifting to the gear preferred in America:
people are clueless;
don’t expect anything intelligent from them.
That’s why we’ve now written out instructions at street crossings by attractions:
– just joking, nothing falls from the sky.
The subway station at Lexington and 68th street lies below the wealthiest zip code in America. Go visit it. This photo is no anomaly. Much of the station is in this condition. It is klar that the rich do not ride the subway. That was confirmed by The Bonfire of the Vanities, but don’t read all of it. As usual, it starts off well enough,
is a hilarious satire on upper-class America in the eighties
(greatest fear: missing the
Manhattan turn-off on the Triboro Bridge;
needing thousands of dollars to attend a dinner party 6 blocks away),
either the part used to impress the publisher
or the publisher’s demand for a certain excessively large number of pages to boost the price
– одно из этих –
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA),
which is responsible for the subway system,
almost certainly suffers from an analogous problem:
it attempts to bite off more than it can chew and finds itself throwing up
|on the walls,||Wände,||стенах|
We might call the London approach to exposed infrastructure
Maybe this is where we circle back to
Not on the German level, but at least a bit closer.
On this score,
or at least indirectly related,
is something weird
you can easily experience
on a weekend
in London City
– the expressions on people‘s faces
– tight lips,
almost angry –
suggest they’re headed to
And they’re not even in the office.
Even if you’re slow and uneducated, the
will carry you close to excellence