Monday, January 16, 2017
Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia
The snow crews have been really good about clearing the snow in the past, but I was told they were off for a week, so the snow just kept piling up. This means that a typical 6 lane street (which two lanes are usually taken up by parked cars making them four lanes) is now down to two lanes. Not only are the main streets overcome with piles of snow, but the side streets are now full of that soft snow that looks like cookie dough or sand leading to an increase in car crashes. Unlike Ohio, where, if you happen to find yourself in a car crash, you have to move your car to the side of the road, in Russia you keep your car where it is even if it's blocking traffic and no one can get by.
Elizabeth had time to kill so she went with me. I tried to take some pictures of the piles of snow, but it's really hard to show in photos what it actually looks like. I also tried to have pictures of people for scale. I was hoping to see workers clearing snow to give you an idea of how they do it but, unfortunately, I didn't pass anyone working. I'll bring my camera tomorrow. It's really interesting to me how they have machines that put snow into dump trucks that they take out of the city. They might do that in cities in the USA, but I lived in the suburbs most of my life. Some parts of the side walk snaked around and you had to climb up a step or two. There were parts only big enough for one person, so you had to wait your turn. I wanted to take pictures of this, but there were a lot of people walking and felt it would be rude.