A purple & pink studio on the 3rd floor with detached bathroom, toilet and kitchen. A huge balcony where i have temporarily stored zillions of books, if the term "temporarily" can be applied to 4 years. Big sofa-bed with enough space for 2 adults to sleep, big wardrobe that can absorb pretty much anything into its depths. Indesit Moon washing machine in the bathroom, a bit problematic toilet, but you can learn to use it. Kitchen is more than minimalistic, but there is a fridge, a stove and a coffee table. House intercom, Internet, phone, hairdryer, iron, eletric kettle, radio.
Neighborhood's name in Russian is Pervaya Rechka (in english that would be First River). Actually there is no river, but there is an adjoining neighborhood called Vtoraya Rechka (Second River), where also no river flows. The logic of it lies deeply in the illogical Russian mode of thought. Anyways, the neighborhood is centrally located. Bus stop is 5 minutes walk for my house. You can catch most of the buses, so you can even go to Churkin (very remote neighborhood) from here, though i see no reason why anyone would go there. The ride to downtown would take you about 10 minutes on the bus. If God is not happy and roads are jammed, then it would prolongate your journey to an unknown period of time, but you can always walk (around 20 minutes, depending on your strenght and desire to walk up the hill and down the hill).
New Wave Cinema is just three steps (five if you're not sober) away. 2 movie-halls (one huge, one small) with latest flicks throughout the week (including 3D shlicks), 2 bars with pop-corn and coke, game zone for children and a sushi-bar on the second floor with very nice prices but very slow service. Next to New Wave Cinema is this typical Russian mashup of a supermarket and smallshops. Here you can buy everything, from food & postcards to underwear & shower gel. Across the street there are small kiosks where you can buy fresh bread, fruits & vegetables. Also there is 24/7 shop near my house where you can buy toilet paper and chocolate candies or whatever nonsense stuff you need at 5.am.
2 drug stores. One right on the bus stop, second in the "mashup" (works 24/7). A normal supermarket is one bus stop away or 2 minutes walking. There is a very nice bakery near it with many tasty things.
As for my house. It's a standard 9-floor block of apartments. Looks ugly on the outside, but you're not there to fantasize about it, right? Residents are young families with or without children, grannies with dogs, students and singles like me.
My name is Stasia, I'm 26 years old and I'm a translator/interpreter which means that most of the time i'm glued to my laptop clicking & clacking or to some foreigner trying to understand his quirky accent and to convert his words into something reasonable without lying too much.
When i'm not working, i'm going on drinking escapades with my queer friends (gay life in Russia is not so gay), hitting art galleries with exhibits whose meaning is an enigma even for its authors, reading smart books, illegaly downloading tones of music (from Bethoveen to Reggaeton), painting (which means i'm suicidally depressed), walking on the seaside (cheesy, but it's a very calming experience), disputing over politics to the point of starting my own forth Reich and many other shameful and glorious things.
I speak English, Spanish and Russian. I can understand Portuguese and Italian.