Vladivostok, Russia

Russia is not terribly efficient.

This morning I woke to construction outside my window. I asked Alexei how long they'd been building the apartment building across the street. "Not long, only three years."

Russia moves at its own pace.

Today I took the public bus into the city center. Some of the buses here are legitimate buses, albeit about 20 years past their recommended retirement age; however, this bus was nothing more than a minivan (also overdue for the automotive graveyard).

The ride cost 11 rubles (about 35 cents). I paid 20 rubles, and when I got my nine rubles in change, I received 10 coins for nine rubles.

Like I said, Russia is not terribly efficient.