Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A little bit of green

Our apartment complex is fairly typical, but there's a bonus: we have some green space!

Normally a plot of land doesn't stay empty for long and in other courtyards you might see a preschool, grocery store, playground, or at least another dumpster or parking lot! I don't remember what the story is, but whatever was supposed to be built here didn't get built.

There aren't any benches, but I've come to regard that as a good thing, as they attract loiterers; smokers and the like. That means less noise as well as less trash. Here it's just people going to work or school, or simply taking a leisurely walk. The long, paved sidewalks allow for bikes, rollerblades, and strollers. While dogs bring their own messes, it's fun to see them frolicking on the grass.

Beyond the next building, there's a playground, teeming with kids and their parents and grandparents; a mother snapping at her daughter (tired after a long day?). Maybe I'll have to take my turn there one day, but for now, I'll stick to the peace and quiet!


  1. I loved the pretty little playgrounds in Moscow...with the charming wooden fairy tale theme...

  2. The newer ones here do tend to be wooden, and painted in bright colors, a bit more charming than American ones. Sometimes you still see the occasional gnome, toadstool, or other fairytale symbols.

    Unfortunately, new playgrounds tend to be vandalized as quickly as ones in the U.S. Well, not always vandalized, just worn out.


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