Monday, May 19, 2008
Adam & Eve Fountain... And No Hot Water
This spring a new fountain was opened next to the Novokuznetskaya metro station (ring line, southern station, near the Tretyakov Gallery).
I walked by it today and it's actually quite nice! I say "actually" given how ugly some other recent additions to Moscow have been: namely the disproportionate and ugly Peter the Great ship monument that's in the Moscow River in front of the Krasnii Oktyabr chocolate factory and the New Tretyakov Gallery--across from Christ the Savior Cathedral.
I like the mini "apple fountains" that dot the perimeter.
It's also neat how they're both sitting on the snake.
Every bench around the fountain was taken by people eating their lunches outside (there are a variety of food kiosks around the subway station). The fountains in Moscow were all supposedly turned on on April 30th--I've yet to see some of our neighborhood ones in action, though.
Maybe that's because our hot water is turned off? Yes, joy, welcome to the wonders of hot water in Moscow in the summer--or the lack thereof. Every summer the city turns off every neighborhood's water for a period of 14 to 21 days so that the water pipes can be checked and repaired. UGH. We have a hot water heater, but the amount of water you can get is limited--so forget having the girls take a bath or doing dishes after we shower. I wrote in much more detail about the yearly hot water hiatus here.