Country Market in the middle of Russia
We started the day by collecting pure water from the nearby well (or spring). The water in the pipes is undrinkable, I was told. So twice a week my future-wife and many other people walk for kilometres to the well. Here they wait patiently, in the rain or in the freezing cold. Difficult life, I thought. At lunchtime, we walked to the market in Zlatoust. I took my camera, may be there was something interesting to film. Once I saw these poor conditions, I thought Westerners should see this. It felt for me that I was thrown into a post-nuclear wartime, where all is made up out of leftovers. Stands of fruits, clothes, and meats adjoining each other and life goes on like normal. Was I really in a country where they have nuclear weapons, cosmonauts and high standing scientific research? Hmm..Russia is certainly a land of big contrasts. Written by Norbert Henke from Frohmood.com- Helping men with Russian women
Moscow center and beyond
The GUM building next to the Kremlin reminded me of the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney. I was told it was very gloomy during the Soviet period, but now it is filled with international brands. Some very rich people from Moscow buy here, and in a way, it is intimidating to see many very expensive items on display. What a contrast of Russia: here the wealth and prosperity of Moscow, and in the provincial Russia the way of life is thrown back 40 years. This could be clearly visible in my film-clip Country Market in the middle of Russia in Zlatoust.
Discovering Moscow with a Russian woman is different, because I did not feel like a tourist. Quickly everything could be explained and translated. Once we saw St.Basil and the Kremlin, we walked of two big bridges and turned right into a small side-street, which eventually leads us to the Peter the Great stature. On the way we discovered metal trees full with locks. Each lock had a love-message. Most in Russian, some in French, German and English. What a great idea. They should do the same in Sydney, near the Opera House. Peter the Great stature is quite a impressive monument, standing almost 100 meters tall. Peter the Great stands on house, and within the columns are olds battle-ships of various seizes. I have to find out what all these symbols of the stature represent. Written by Norbert Henke from Frohmood.com- Helping men with Russian women
Moscow Metro was an experience. I felt very vulnerable here. Everything is in Russian, and listen to the announcements of the train-conductor of the coming stations, was totally blur. Luckily, I was not alone. I don’t like situation were I can be totally ‘bushed” (lost). I experienced this in the Paris Metro, when I took me half a day to find my way back. My future-wife got very nervous when I pulled out my camera, ready to film. In a way she was right. I did not know if a need an allowance form the authorities, so I pulled out my pen-pocket camera (that is way some recording are shaky), but it worked. Written by Norbert Henke from Frohmood.com- Helping men with Russian women
Flying nearly three hours east from Moscow by plane, I landed in Chelyabinsk.
From a modern Moscow international airport to a country airport is quite an eye-opener. We waited patiently near the luggage conveyor belt fro 30 minutes. It made these tired repetitious noises and was almost 70 years old. Over this old contraptions was a brand new huge LED TV, pushing out loud advertisements. What a contrast. Next to the conveyor belt, was a booth with a black telephone, which probably was operational during the WW2. Extraordinary interesting, I felt.
During our day-excursion many other typical Russians things, like Kvass. It is made from bread and tastes-in my opinion- like boiled old socks. Even after drinking half a litre, I could not get used to it. May be when it is a very hot day, I would enjoy it.
Later, in the early evening, we made started our journey to Zlatoust, a two hour bus journey through the middle of Russia. Contemplating in my seat, having my future-wife next to me, I remembered these horrible days in court of custody battle and property settlements,- but now I had a new promising future, together with a great adventure. Written by Norbert Henke from Frohmood.com- Helping men with Russian women