Permanent Vacasian

The traveller sees what he sees; the tripper sees what he has come to see. – G. K. Chesterton

What Exactly Is Going On Up There?


One thing I noticed in Europe was the amount of conversation that took place when ordering something in line. This seems to be even more so in Russia. No matter what we are in line for – food, train tickets, metro coins, museum tickets, ice cream cones, supermarkets – there is some huge conversation required. Now, I’m not talking about haggling, and I’m sure for something like a train ticket there might be more information required before purchasing, but for somethings like metro coins – what’s there to talk about? You just ask for however many coins you need and then pay up. If you need help, look at the maps posted all around the station. What about ordering food? I can’t imagine ordering something at Chick-Fil-A and having to discuss it. A #6 comes with either eight nuggets or 12 nuggets. That’s it. Maybe people over here trying to get ten? Maybe sometimes eight really isn’t enough, and sometimes 12 can be too many.


  1. Wait — I thought you used to rag on me for not liking social interactions at counters and lines. Careful, you’re sounding like a Yankee.

    Thanks for the blog updates. We’re enjoying them.

  2. Ha! I’m not sure I’d call them social interactions. They are more like I-am-too-lazy-to-read-the-signs-posted-all-over-the-place, so-please-explain-everything-then-we-can-argue-about-it interactions. I’m sure I would find them humorous if I could understand Russian.