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Friday, March 10, 2017

Japan: announcements on train/Япония, объявление станций в поезде

It may seem that it is hard to understand what this says for a person who does not speak Japanese.

Казалось бы, нетренированному человеку сложно понять что написано.



But if one waits a little bit, an English translation follows shortly.

Но стоит немного подождать, и то же самое объявят на английском.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Train bathrooms on Japanese trains/Туалеты в японских поездах

Japanese bullet trains have neat clean bathrooms. They implement some interesting space-saving ideas. This is a standard restroom, unisex with a changing table.

В японских скоростных поездах чистые приятные туалеты. Так как места не очень много, иногда попадаются интересные изобретения. Вот это стандартная комната, типа М/Ж с пеленальным столиком.



And this is a sink where one can soap (left), rinse (middle) and dry hands all in one place.

А вот это хитрая раковина, в которой (слева направо) выдается мыло, вода, а потом сушка рук.

This is another interesting feature. A window in the men's bathroom can tell you whether it's occupied or not.

А вот еще одна интересная задумка. Окошко в мужском туалете дает понять занят ли он или нет.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Walking around a German village/Прогулка по немецкой деревне

These houses remind me of old movies. Nevertheless, all the houses are real.

Эти деревенские домики напоминают декорации из старых фильмов. Тем не менее, все дома настоящие.











Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Europe in DC/Европа в Америке

It seems like European architecture, but no, it's the US.

Казалось бы, европейская архитектура. Ан нет -- США.




Saturday, January 28, 2017

Obama's garden/Сад Обамы

Still there for now.

Пока не разобрали.


Really, it's by the White House.

Честно, это рядом с Белым Домом.


Nice picture/И такое бывает


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Friday, September 30, 2016

Baden-Baden: the town/Баден-Баден: сам городок

Let's walk around.

Пройдемся.


This area is used for concerts in summers.

Эта площадка летом используется для концертов классической музыки.



This building is almost 200 years old, it's an area for exhibitions, balls, and things like that.

Этому зданию почти 200 лет. Его используют для выставок, балов и всего такого.









Wedding.

Свадьба.


Russian flag on a building in town is not because of a Russian Embassy. This is the Faberge Museum. Peter Carl Faberge was a famous jeweler supplying Russian tzars with expensive jewelry items. Most famous things are the Faberge eggs, those were the Easter gifts, only tzars could afford them, watch "Ocean's 12" for a little more details. This museum had at least one of them (or a replica, who knows?) on display, along with a bunch of other Russian military memorabilia from the early 19th century.

Нет, это не посольство, а музей Фаберже. Здесь показывают настоящее яйцо Фаберже, а также всякие разные значки царской армии.


And these are the tickets to the museum. They are printed on a high-quality paper, using the protecting technologies similar to what they use when they print money.

А это -- билет в музей (передняя и задняя стороны). Он напечатан в высоком качестве на бумаге с водяными знаками и прочими степенями защиты. Вроде бы даже их печатают на фабрике Гознака. Наощупь прям как деньги.

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