It looks like Sochi is the best city in the country.a combination of factors. I would not say that I am ready to move there, because for now the borders are open and there are other countries, but if there was a choice only within Russia, I would go there. There are pros and cons, but it all depends very much on what a particular person needs. Therefore, I will try to tell you what I noticed for myself, while we lived in Sochi and Adler for 4 weeks. I agree that the term is not long, but it is already sufficient to draw the first conclusions and decide whether or not to try to live here. All the same, everything becomes clear, only after 1-2 years of residence, not earlier.
Traditionally, my comparison will be mostlyparts with Moscow, as long as it is my main city. Someone may not agree with something, anything can happen. We are all different and everyone's perception is also different, this is normal. I write only my specific opinion, my impressions. They may be erroneous, they may change with time, but so far for me everything is as I wrote. I ask to share my reasoned opinions in the comments, it will be very interesting for me to read and compare.
The content of the article
- 1 Impressions from Sochi
- 2 Video
Impressions from Sochi
Architecture and aesthetics
The first thing that catches your eye is the appearancecities. Not Europe, but even after Anapa and Gelendzhik (we went from Anapa) there is a difference. In Sochi, indeed, cozy and cute, if we compare it with non-resort cities. The ruin is very small, especially in the center. Good roads (talking about asphalt), lots of greenery, lawns, flowerbeds, almost no shabby houses, part of the sidewalks are tiled. Along the embankment of the river and some streets even the bike paths did. As done, this is a separate question, but they are. Honestly, it was a pleasant surprise, because some cities induce depression only by their appearance.
Central district and Zarechny liked moreall, they are the most well-groomed and flat. Perhaps it was the “plane” that played the role, because I, as a person who lived all his life on the plain, would have been unusual to live on a mountain: the problem with parking, everything is narrow, constant elevation changes.
Sochi has a lot of old houses, a feelingthat half of the total housing stock is Khrushchev or, as I was told, brezhnevki. Although judging by the comparisons, there is Khrushchev there, talking about five-story buildings. In the center of the city, all the houses are painted and look normal, but in Makarenko there are shabby. We thought that there are much fewer old houses, but apparently the square does not allow building massively new buildings, and there is no sense in demolishing old ones. There is also a lot of private sector here, but this is quite expected and applies to the entire Black Sea coast. By the way, the private sector is quite pleasant. The street in Adler, where we lived after Sochi (just a solid private sector), resembled some Spain from some angles.
Another feature of housing in Sochi is samostroy, it’ssmall single-access houses (4-6 floors), which are built in violation of state standards, and where, the ventilation does not work, then the sewage problems, the tenants are struggling with the developer for some reason. I was in two such houses, and there were just such problems. Judging by the reviews on the Internet, on the forums, in Sochi you need to very carefully buy an apartment, you should not always be kept at a low price so that you do not get problems on your head. And even there is an opinion that it is better to buy an apartment on the secondary housing in Khrushchev, they say, it is better to have an old house, but according to the State Standards.
Roads and Parking
The second thing that catches your eye is the inability to park. we rented an apartment, arrived, as usual to the house, and I'm even thereI could not stop, because another car was breathing in my back. Narrowly! It was impossible to part in the courtyard, as well as to stand somewhere on the side to miss the one who was coming after you. I got used to the fact that along the usual multi-storey building a courtyard road of such a width goes along several entrances so that cars could stand there. But in Sochi it's not like that, the road is exactly the width of the car. I agree, not in all areas, but in the Central, Zarechensky exactly.
Complicates self-seizure parking. All the pennies where the car could stand are already chained off or blocked by metal structures with locks. On the one hand, insolence and lawlessness, on the other hand, are local realities. In the center there is a whole problem with parking and if you live there, then your car will be problematic, the place will always be occupied by those who came to the office. There are paid parking, at 500 rubles / day, but these are ordinary streets along the road and there is also no place. By the way, such a life hack doesn’t come from a non-resident parking fine, and if it comes to local people, it’s also possible not to pay it yet, the fines don’t go through the traffic police, since the parking is not completely legal, someone hasn’t agreed with someone else.
I specifically went to the Makarenko area, theresimpler, wider, and clearly more parking places. But mountainous terrain. However, it will be noticeable in the area of Vinogradnaya Street, Svetlana, and so on. And where there are mountains, there again figs you will find a place. In general, lovers of large cars and spaces will have to get used to. I'm not used to it in 4 weeks. But most of all, I personally didn’t like something else - not every store can be traveled by car. If this is a big hypermarket, for example, HyperMagnet, then there are no problems, and if there is a small shop (for example, a regular Magnet, or some kind of deli), then there will not be anything like a parking lot around it and you will have to go somewhere to turn around find a place. And if the traffic jam, then the search is delayed. In general, Sochi discourages the drive to go to small shops by car. There was a good shop in Zarechny, but the nearest parking is not clear where, considering that you don’t get up in the courtyards, so you walked into it on foot, combining it with a walk, I couldn’t stop there by car.
Rules seemed to violate the traffic rules more often, but withThis is somehow easier to give way on the roads, when someone leaves the yard or tupit. Although it can also nervously put pressure on the horn. Enough of flying jig, but did not notice straight a large number of riders. In general, driving precisely in the city seemed calmer than in Moscow.
The authorities are fighting for places for the disabled, betterdo not get up, will be taken away quickly. Local solve this issue with a sticker on the glass of a sign of a disabled person, so almost every second "disabled person" is there. However, they can stop and ask if there is a right to hang a sticker.
Separately, I want to mention the modern highway-doubler,which permeates the entire city and by which you can drive it in 20 minutes. Despite traffic jams, getting out of town is pretty easy. At rush hour I traveled from Sochi to Adler in 30 minutes. After Moscow, Sochi traffic jams are not traffic jams at all. I do not deny that there are collapses, but we also have enough of them, we are talking about the rest of the time. Only in the summer, I think everything is very bad in this area (I remind you that we were in October), both with roads and with parking lots.
Public transport is there are buses inmostly. Moreover, most of them are minibars (big minibuses), where you cannot enter with a sidecar because of the narrow entrance and high steps. We have to fold it, and the fragile mother in one hand drags the stroller, and in the other child, if he does not walk yet. It is clear that our people are used to not such difficulties, but I can not call this way of travel comfortable. If you are with a small child, it is better to drive by car. Especially at rush hour, people get pretty busy stuffed in these buses.
After the Olympics, the whole city is confused on the topicaccessible environment. This is manifested in the fact that almost everywhere there are stickers for people with disabilities near the entrance to the building, calls to call, electric lifts in the passages, tactile tiles on the asphalt. Something looks pretty stupid, for example, all the shops have pasted stickers on their own, instead of making a ramp or at least remove a step. Apparently it is assumed that a person drove up to the entrance on a wheelchair, saw a sticker, yelled about the need for help (there were no calls everywhere), a loader came out of the store and dragged him along the steps along with the wheelchair. How electro-ramps work in transitions, I can only judge by the reviews. They say you need to make phone calls and wait 15-20 minutes until the one who can turn on this thing comes up. We just once wanted to use the elevator about Riviera Park, but he did not work, did not cause. Later, the park employee learned that the whole thing was mostly ostentatious, and even during the Olympiad in the Riviera, the toilet for the disabled did not work, as there was a warehouse in it, although the toilet is adorned (it doesn’t work now). and did not finish).
However, in general, the streets of Central andZarechny districts (if you do not take into account shops), as well as along Kurortny Prospect, it is comfortable to walk with a pram. I suppose that in a wheelchair is more difficult, but also real. Everywhere there are ramps, almost no off-road. Not to say that everything is thoroughly thought out, but again, everything is known in comparison: Moscow is not inferior, as far as Munich, as before the moon, and Thailand did not stand near. I think that this is a step towards meeting the people with limited mobility, and I really hope that this is just the beginning. In other areas of Sochi, the situation is worse, in the same Makarenko solid stairs, but there and the mountainous terrain, would have had too much confusion on an accessible environment. Also in the center of the city streets are signed in English, and at pedestrian crossings at traffic lights they announce it with a voice when to switch (in English also).
Food and Food
Did not like the range of products in smallMagnets. Small selection and a lot of delay or close to it. It may be better in winter, but in September-October it was not very. So they could not buy frozen fish and seafood, all expiring. For example, it can be stored for 1 year (depending on the product), and only a few days left before the end. Someone told us that these products are trying to sell at the end of the season, like and leave. But like it or not, I do not know. In any case, you should always check the dates and be careful, especially the freezing, although we bought spoiled milk more than once, although the term was normal. Also, I didn’t like that the curd mass is only with a bunch of E and disgusting in taste, it doesn’t have any curd in its composition. Watermelon somehow bought rotten. Rice is only Krasnodar and you will not find Jasmine and Basmati. The conclusion was made like this - only HyperMagnet, there is everything in it, but something that is not, for example, pumpkin seed oil, will have to be ordered by mail from Moscow.
But the situation with fruits and vegetables is much better,if we talk about markets. Early cherries, delicious tomatoes, good watermelons, persimmon. In summer and autumn everything is great, everything is local and did not lie in the warehouse for a long time and did not shake in the truck for a week. You can buy not only in the markets, but in small shops, only the price will be slightly higher, especially in proximity to the sea.
That's why it is worth making the move to Sochi,so it is for all sorts of activities. Almost all year round, you can walk in one-day trekking and hiking in the mountains for several days. Moreover, it does not take long to get to the starting point, much is half an hour away, take at least Yew and Boxwood Grove or Akhun with Agur waterfalls. And this is very cool! Because it is sometimes necessary to leave Moscow for 2 hours, which discourages the whole hunt to go somewhere. Also, almost all year round you can ride a bike and rollerblades. And after you go around the neighborhood of Sochi, you can travel around the Krasnodar Territory, both along the coast and inland. Remember me Guam Gorge liked and Lago-Naki Plateau.
Besides the mountains, there is the sea. It is available for swimming only in the summer and half of the autumn, but in principle, also not bad. In addition, people are engaged in surfing, underwater hunting, floating on boats, yachts and jet skis. I myself love to look at the sea, but I do not really swim. An apartment overlooking the sea would inspire me Although the view of the mountains would also fit.
Well, of course, winter rest. In an hour drive Krasnaya Polyana, about which I can not sit down to write. Great resort! I liked it there very much. True, I was in the warm season, so I can not evaluate the service for skiers / snowboarders, but I think everything is in order. Only, they say, very expensive.
In my opinion, there are no more places in our country where there would be so much of everything.
At the moment I was in Sochi only in the summer andin the fall (spring was in Gelendzhik). Autumn came to my taste, warm and with a little rain. In October, it was still possible to swim and sunbathe. The water temperature was already lower than desired, but it was even hot in the sun in calm weather. October is generally a wonderful month, because most holidaymakers have already left, there are no crowds in the city, but it is almost summer. About the same sensations causes May and June. But from the middle of July and in August there can be a specific inferno and at the same time the city is overflowing with people, absolutely an amateur.
Winter, as I understand it, is rainy, but almost never happensbelow zero. And if snow falls, it will melt immediately. Moreover, it is necessary to wait only February, it is the most unpleasant. In the rest of the winter months more or less, it can be sunny and + 10 + 15. The only thing I was told that in some homes in the winter period, problems start with mold, too wet. But it is visible in those houses where there is no central heating, or cold walls. Also, because of the humidity (during long rains), some children begin to suffer sorely. But, if we talk about children and the environment, it is much better to live in Sochi than in a metropolis called Moscow. True, Sochi also has serious problems, with garbage, with sewage, with storm drains, etc., all this is easy to google.
People and mentality
Holivar topic, but with a mentality on yugah notvery ... I will speak immediately for all the coasts, because I didn’t see any difference. During the tour season, everyone is trying to cut down as much dough as possible, because you have to make money for the whole year ahead, and this is felt very strongly. Now it seems to be better, but the service is still at a low level. Until now, housing is offered such that you wonder, although it is presented almost as a suite with a corresponding price. Perhaps I have a heightened sense of aesthetics, but the era of carpets on the wall and furniture a la “came to visit my grandmother” passed in Moscow long ago. Let it be a simple IKEA-style, let the bed be with a cheap but orthopedic mattress, and not something that can be seen sometimes in ads. Well, the truth is, to live in the apartment to which the furniture was brought, which usually travels to the dacha, such as it's a pity to throw out, I don't want to at all. And the position of the owners, they say, take what they give, also does not add enthusiasm.
Not without attitudes towards you, aswallet, especially if you are from Moscow. Like us, visitors are doing a favor that they are allowed to relax on the Black Sea coast. Immediately I recall Soviet films, when they almost fought for housing in the private sector, there was no alternative, so you could at least have a barn, people would still be removed, they have nowhere to go. Here is something from that time and remained in the mentality. Some kind of all this "on the spot ... ss" and "eat what you gave." Not everywhere, much less (almost every year I am), but there is. Plus, apparently a common feature of all the southern peoples of all countries - laziness. It's easier to score and not do, and so it will come down. I somehow wrote about it whole post.
On the other hand, Moscow is also clearly not an example forimitation. The big city of bio-robots, each by itself, neighbors in the entrance do not know each other and do not greet, everyone is obsessed with money and work. Okay, let's put it down, let me tell you what conclusion I made for myself about Sochi. If a person has to intersect with a large number of people in the service sector, with instances by work or by the specifics of his activity, then it is not a fact that he will like it in Sochi. Especially if he does not know how to quickly acquire connections and do everything with the help of them. Cronyism is flourishing. But, it seems to me, now only in Moscow / St. Petersburg laws are less working on ordinary issues, when you can come to the head physician of the hospital with a correctly drafted statement and solve your question without bribes and connections. Yes, I have no experience specifically with Sochi, but there are forums, there are stories of other people about the same hospitals in the regions, and I have no reason not to believe them. And how, in Moscow, I already know from my own experience, with instances on simple questions, much can be solved precisely by law. All, of course, so to speak, at the bottom level, but we are at the top and do not enter, so even so.
If a regular freelancer goes to Sochi, whosits at home most of the time, and the rest of the time goes on trekking through the surrounding mountains, he has nowhere to cross with either the authorities or the Caucasian service. Yes, and in fact you can put up with many things, one thing in the service station was messed up and you got the money (you just won’t go to them the next time), another thing is to go talk to the head physicians of the hospitals and try to defend your rights on which the child’s life depends. So, everything is very individual. As long as I didn’t have children or individual entrepreneurs, I didn’t intersect with any structures at all, and in this respect I was the same everywhere.
Added this item to just not askedquestions. Since I work remotely, I don’t view cities from this side at all. As far as I know, with a permanent job in Sochi, not very. In the summer, yes, a lot of temporary work, all kinds of waiters, animators and other staff are required, but in the winter there is a lull. I also know that a lot of people are naked in and are becoming realtors, someone is engaged in buying and selling, someone is renting.
Again in my opinion there you can dotourism, even though they are all engaged in a row. Make a normal website / blog, collect groups for certain walks (cycling, trekking, etc.) and organize them. I met with the guys from Krasnodar, they are just doing such things, and things are going well for them. But they are doing everything right: Instagram, social networks, beautiful pictures during the trip, everything is as it should be, in step with the times. If you look at what sites antediluvian do local, then you will understand that there is still room for development.
Perhaps someone did not see, so here are 3 small videos about our life-being in the Krasnodar Territory: Vityazevo, Sochi, and Adler.
P.S. If we summarize in a few words, if we don’t find a place abroad, then I’ll seriously think about moving to Sochi, or at least living in two houses with accommodation in Sochi, at least in the fall and spring.