When working through my Russian lessons, I am reminded that English is difficult! too.
This morning I dropped off my bicycle at бивак велоцентр for service. Some things weren’t too hard to explain, such as showing worn brake pads and asking for new ones. Others were harder to explain such as “preventative maintenance” of my chain even though it wasn’t worn out yet (although to think of it, I also had that conversation at Bike Mart so perhaps the problem is just me :-)). Fortunately, we got a little assistance from another customer. I’m (over)protective of my bicycle on a trip like this, so slightly nervous to leave bike until May 8th, but will see how it goes.
There are fewer cars out on a Sunday morning in St Petersburg, so good day to ride the bike to the shop. Nevertheless did see an auto/pedestrian accident on my way back so useful to be vigilant in this big city. I also noticed more beggars out today than before, not sure if I am just walking past more of them or something different about the Sunday crowds vs weekday crowds.
Today is my brother Tom’s birthday. I too am a year older today, though I get to celebrate 14 hours before Tom does. I had given my cell phone number to the bicycle shop. Hence, it was interesting to receive my first SMS message. On translation, understood it to be the automatic birthday wishes from the cell phone company.