We are publishing translation from posts of the project The throw to the East where three Russian guys are traveling from Saint-Petersburg to Sakhalin and back to Moscow.
One of their post was about a taxi driver from Novosibirsk and this story is enough for separated article. Below is the translation from the post from 11.07.2013 by Sergey Pischulov.
Today, walking around Novosibirsk in solitude and in the end I decided to make a part of the way by taxi. The first Reno Logan stopped, and it was driven by a middle-aged man.
-To Krasin? - I asked.
-Come on, - uttered a taxi driver.
The first 30 seconds of driving was silence. I felt that soon my neighbor would "burst" to chat. And so its happened:
-Then one day a girl came up to me. She asked me to bring her to the park, and she had only 50 rubles. I respect women but gasoline is very expensive - the cabbie said.
-Yeah, that's exactly - I supported the conversation.
So we got to talk and it turned out that Alexander is a former military pilot, and, from a military dynasty.
-Son is now also studying to be a pilot in Voronezh. The father was a soldier during the whole war, and the grandfather served in the royal navy.
-Wow! 4 generations of the same family in the military! Whole dynasty! - I could not hide his surprise and admiration of what he heard.
-So, so, - said Alexander.
-And on what did you fly?
-On MIGs. MIG-29, for example. And you, from where are you? - Asked me this interesting man.
Here it is necessary to clarify that to the most of the people that we met, we say that we are going from St. Petersburg. We dont focus on the fact that we are actually from the Moscow region. This is due to the fact that many people have a very negative attitude to our native land Moscow. Its often ranked on the common stereotypes that all in Moscow ride all in clover and do nothing. You say that you are from Peter, and at once you have a normal attitude for sure, and if from Moscow - 50 / 50. And in conversation with Alexander I felt it for 100%.
-From Piter (local people call Saint-Petersburg Piter) - I answer.
-Oh! Leningrad! A wonderful city! Held there fees to Pulkovo long time ago. If have a good people. Not like from Moscow. I'm allergic to Moscow people! I do not like them. They are evil! And you have decent people.
About allergies, decency of Saint-Petersburg and Moscow residents nastiness I was told five times. What can we do... Russia is a large country of stereotypes. And how to deal with one of them it's hard to say. I'm talking about the Moskvichey (people from Moscow).
I wished a good luck to Alexander and once again marveled at his story about his family.
Source of Russian text and photo: the through to the east