Yekaterinburg claims to be the third capital of Russia, and therefore suffers from the same problems as other millionaires in the country: expensive housing, high competition in the labor market and long queues for kindergartens and clinics. However, not only this makes life in the capital of the Urals a little like a holiday. “Subtleties” found out what other unpleasant surprises you should prepare for if you want to move to Yekaterinburg.
1. Transport issues
To avoid difficulties with transport, you need to successfully settle. Ideally close to metro. And so that another metro station is near the place of work (although remote workers do not need such tricks). If you are a happy owner of a car, you are guaranteed morning and evening standing in kilometer traffic jams. There are too many cars and the streets are narrow. Those who use buses have a different problem. To get from one end of the city to the other, sometimes you need to make 2-3 transfers.
The air in Yekaterinburg cannot be called intoxicating. Industrial enterprises smoke from chimneys near the city, the Iset River is so polluted with sewage that it is considered unsuitable for swimming, 80% of harmful substances in the air are “on the conscience” of vehicles, and landfills periodically smoke here. It is especially difficult to breathe in the summer in extreme heat.
It seems that the smog is visible to the naked eye, and air samples indicate that the concentration of harmful substances has exceeded the norm.
3. Chaotic buildings
In the capital of the Urals, historical buildings of different years have been preserved, but they are not particularly protected. Here and there, skyscrapers suddenly appear between 2-3-storey buildings, which break the harmony of the streets. And it would be nice if it only spoiled the appearance of the city. Many times more residents live in a high-rise building: they need somewhere to park their cars, and they huddle along roadsides and entrances so that sometimes it is impossible to get through.
In spring and in the fall, when it rains, Yekaterinburg turns into Mudburg, because rivers of mud flow through the streets.
4. City of fences and pits
Yekaterinburg has a lot of unflattering nicknames (of course, among the locals; it’s better for people who come to visit them not to use them in communication with the latter: they will certainly be offended). It is called the city of fences, because many yards are fenced off from the rest of the world with iron bars – that's another sight (thus they protect themselves from those who like to park in the yards). Another name is Yamburg, or the city of pits. There are many of them in the yards and on the roads, even in the center. Well, in spring and autumn, when it rains, Yekaterinburg turns into Mudburg, because rivers of mud flow through the streets. This is due to cars, and open lawns, and the lack of quality cleaning.
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5. Harsh residents
In fact, this impression is deceptive: Yekaterinburg residents will always come to the rescue and give good advice if you ask. But sometimes they do it with such faces, as if they are going to avenge something. The locals themselves joke that they recognize each other in any city and even on the other side of the world – precisely by their stern appearance without a hint of a smile. The climate, by the way, is appropriate here. Colds are up to -30 ° C, winter lasts 5-6 months: even in May it can snow. In such weather it is really somehow not up to smiles.