Metro, McDonald’s and Leningradskoe Shosse

I’ve been away for two weeks and have noticed several changes…

First, when I bought a new 20-ride ticket for the metro, I was pleasantly surprised to note that some of the turnstiles now have digital readouts for multi-ride tickets. So, when I used the card to let my wife through, instead of just showing the standard green light, I was presented with a green “19”. When I went through, it showed “18”. Very cool indeed. It’s not all the turnstiles, yet, but I’m sure they are upgrading them bit by bit. If you look closely, or watch people go ahead of you, you can pick out which ones display the count and which don’t.

After coming home, I had to go pick up my son from Sheremetyevo. I jumped in the car, whipped around the Garden Ring to Tverskaya and gunned the motor up Leningradskoe Shosse. I already mentioned once that they had opened a new by-pass or highway-without-stoplights which got you from the 3rd ring all the way to Sokol metro. That was great, because you skipped right by all the construction, stoplights and usually traffic jams. But, there did seem to be a bit of congestion at the end as the other traffic tried to merge with the new highway at the end to go through the underpass on the way to Grand, MKAD, IKEA and the airport. Well, again, they’ve made more progress. The underpass is now being used for oncoming traffic and the traffic heading north-west is all on street-level. No merging. Again, a very nice improvement which felt like it was much faster.

Finally, I went to McDonald’s for breakfast, as is common. I get the same thing every time: Egg McMuffin with sausage, hash brown and children’s orange juice. Until late March, it cost 97 RUR. Starting in April it cost 98 RUR. Now it’s 101 RUR. Over 4% increase in 4 months. I hope this trend doesn’t continue… Other prices have changed, too, but I don’t always get the same thing at other times during the day so I can’t compare so directly….

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10 Comments on “Metro, McDonald’s and Leningradskoe Shosse”

  1. Hoto Says:

    mc donalds is just everywhere. i like the mc in prag the best. but kfc is not that bad too.

  2. susiwolf from helsinki Says:

    hei, Mister:
    Are u American?
    in finnish “to vomit” is…oksentaa and minä oksentan means I am vomitting….
    (when reading something about McDonald’s) and their unsocial policy, unhealthy food.
    Is there anything else in U.S.A. than this…?

    I have used this shops only when there was a need of going to WC……
    Otherwise I am not belonging to those 50%-people running about with overweight:

    Have a nice day


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