Thursday, 24 August 2006

Pushin' Russian

I must have switched off more than I thought, I had intended to make some witty comments about Russia but the days seem to have sped by without my remembering to blog at all.
After multilingual Belgium, and tourist-oriented Croatia, it was striking that labelling in museums in St. Petersburg was almost exclusively in Russian and so, upon our arrival, were the immigration and customs forms available at the airport - although this may be unusual; owing to a caterers' strike SAS was unable to supply the immigration forms that would normally be filled in on the plane, and everyone was having to fill these in in the arrivals hall, where any English, French and German versions had long since been used up.
It is many years since I followed a BBC Radio Russian course which of course I had entirely forgotten (apart from "slooshetye", listen - which there wasn't a lot of point in saying - as well as hello, goodbye, please, thank you, cheers and excuse me). It was fun transliterating signs in the Russian alphabet, the STOP sign is easy but the restaurant is called Déjà Vu - I wish I had also photographed the Rive (PIB) Gauche sign.


At 25/8/06 10:07, Blogger Stu said...

That's strange... isn't the yellow diamond next to the STOP sign one of those which denotes a priority route where you have right of way?

We don't have them in the UK, but I'm sure I've seen them all over Europe.

At 25/8/06 19:57, Blogger qaminante said...

Yes, that's what it means in Belgium, but you can still have traffic lights on a priority road, and that is what was below this sign. Mind you, I don't think I have seen a stop sign in Belgium in addition to traffic lights, and the priority diamond would means that if the lights were out for some reason, traffic on the designated main road would have priority (and would not, therefore, stop). As I don't drive here any more, I haven't really looked!


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