Monday, 7 September 2009

Cash economy

Have discovered a minor but important difference. Everything is done in cash here (we get paid in cash at the end of the month in a brown envelope). Paying the deposit and first month’s rent is a bit of problem, with plastic cards more of a difficulty than a solution. Since I can only draw out a certain amount each day from the ATM – and with only some banks such as Gasprom and SBER not charging a fee - I have been haunting the local cash machines all week accumulating roubles – and living off my lunch vouchers for food.

Even handing over large wads of cash seems clumsy, I’m just not used to counting the stuff.

(and have just discovered that I am being charged a fee by my bank account)

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jos,

    The cash thing reminds me of when I was fifteen and working (having left school in a rush) as a 'temp' in a typing pool in England, it was 1977. My weekly pay came in a brown envelope with a small window showing my name - I loved getting it. Brown pay packets have a peculiar smell of their own.

    It is great to hear how you are faring in Russia.

    Love from