November 13, 2007
Our apartment is about a 20 minute walk from the Embassy. There is a nice park outside that we can take Max for walks in. This park is the source of much entertainment (see this post – Leftovers in the Park). The apartment is about 1500 sq. ft. with 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, a kitchen, den, living room/dining room and enclosed patio that we use for storage. There is a LONG hallway that separates the bedrooms from the LR/DR area and along that hallway are the kitchen and den. The apartment is furnished. Max likes to sit in the windows and look out over the parking lot (home to MANY stray cats) and park. He spends so much time in the window that I put his bed up there so he has a comfortable place to spend his day.
There is a concierge 24/7. Some of them are nicer than others….there is guy, old guy and grumpy guy. Guy is ok, doesn’t say much, but will buzz the door for me when I come from walking Max, come from the grocery store…whenever, he will open the door me. Old guy is my favorite. I greet him with the standard Russian greeting and ask how he is everytime I see him. He talks to me in Russian even though he knows I don’t understand most of what he says. He is friendly and always smiling. Grumpy, well grumpy is always grumpy. He will not buzz the door, but will say hello – only if I say hello first. These guys work 24 hour shifts so they sleep in their little booth which is probably 5×5 at the most. Grumpy guy listens to very loud classical music and drinks vodka while he works…hey if you have to work 24 hours in a cell, you might as well have fun. All the “guys” like Max. They are entertained by his energy (and his clothes). They all pet him and smile when he comes around – except Grumpy Guy, he just loses a few wrinkles.