Russians: They are back from the Dachas

coffeeSmoker Dillies: Everyone is back from the dachas and the streets are packed with cars and people. The kids have started school today and it is a “three ring circus” again in Moscow…

Sveta says, “Summer is the only time that we have a semblance of life in Moscow!”

That I agree with and what she means by that is this, “In the summer half the city goes to the dachas and stays most of the time, away from the big cities. Now everyone is back…” This happens because Russians very strongly believe that children should be in the fresh country air and the dacha is the nearest thing to country for many Russians…

During the summer you can find parking for your car, you can go to the doctor without waiting all day, you can drive the MKAD and not get run over and there is peace and quiet. This is the way it is from when school gets out to when school goes back in. Today the kids are everywhere and the parents look haggled…

Now it is time for Sveta and I to go to the village for a few weeks. Now that everyone is back in the cities, the village is empty and peaceful. I still have work to get done before the winter hits and if you were here, you would understand that winter is coming fast…

It is still strange to me to see how Moscow switches from a city of 10,000,000 to a city of 20,000,000 overnight. Then visa verse at the beginning of the summer. It is just one of those things that makes Russia an interesting place to live and it would not be Russia, if it did not happen this way…

Oh by the way! I truly believe after living here all these years. That Moscow has a population at its peak of 20,000,000. There are so many illegals and unregistered people living here that at any given time during the winter, Moscow swells to at lest 20,000,000 people. It is during the summer that so many people leave to the villages and dachas that the population actually reaches the official count on the books. That is something that I have noticed…

This is part of why I love Russia…

Posted by Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…


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