In Soviet traffic…
It’s been always funny when local people (we live in San Francisco Bay Area) tell us that the traffic is awful. You have no idea how awful traffic looks like. While you’re in traffic here you are still moving and not stuck from bumper to bumper.
When we lived in Moscow (Russia) we used to spend from 1.5 to 3 hours in traffic every day. And I mean IN TRAFFIC, where you car is moving with the speed of a turtle and you have no other options.
After we got married we rented an apartment in the outskirt of Moscow. Every morning we had to spend 40 minutes to 1 hour to commute to work. And every evening we had to spend the same amount of time to commute back home.
OK, let me explain you something. I don’t know about other cities in Russia, but in Moscow standard average travel time from home to work is 1 hr. It’s an average. That means someone spends less and someone more.
We were average people, spending average time in traffic. There was at least one benefit: we could read a lot of books while we used public transportation. Continue reading