How could I forget to add this giant L to the list?! Here I am correcting the oversight..
If safety and reliability is your first concern picking him may is a plausible choice. On other counts his is, well, not exactly a winner. An old-school Russian born and formed in claustrophobic Brezhnev days, a killjoy grouch, an opinionated character who take advantage of his captive audience by inflicting upon them his barely intelligible diatribes, a negativist supreme.
In his younger days he used to be pretty good as an interpreter. Simultaneous was a piece of cake. Somehow he managed to be at ease with just about any subject, no matter how technical or obscure. You may still try to eek out some of his largely lost talent but be warned of his erratic performance that ranges from reading your thoughts and translating what you mean to say rather than what you actually do to translating verbatim with emphasis on your less fortunate phrases. He also has an outrageous habit of inserting his comments – usually of a disapproving or sarcastic sort – into the text.
The vehicle that I hesitate to call “car” is a perfect match to this character. It is something big and dull black, defiantly dirty and cluttered, going around with clicking noise that the owner insist in part of diesel’s nature but we more than suspect the motor needed an overhaul 300 th. miles back. Clutter of tools in the back and stuffed toys hanging all over the inside of the Mad Max style machine contribute to the profound absurdity of the experience.
Be warned that he will try to sell you his Russian Misery Travel (c) concept or his Winter is the Soul of Russia (c) brainchild. If he gets too aggressive in promoting ideas that to understand Russia one needs to freeze and otherwise suffer there is a simple trick to lower his zeal. Just cross yourself with one of the more popular guides to Moscow and quickly repeat “Red Square, Lenin’s Tomb, Novodevichy, Abrat”. That usually gets him to retreat.
Looks like this super fellow, first a client and now a good friend of mine, is moving to Russia in the very foreseeable future. An Australian of Singapore descent. An artist by calling and education, an electrician by trade, and a fan of antique cars. This time my mission is to set him up with a job immediately as he lands.
That’s John and his 1969? Ford Firebird more →
Got a letter from a guy who says he is new to Moscow, desperate for a job, and will accept “any rate”.
From my mailbox
Recently I’ve started searching part-time English speaking driver job in Moscow and come upon your website. I would like to join your list of English speaking drivers in Moscow and start with airport pickups and drop-offs for English speaking foreigners in Moscow. I am 31, have 2 university diplomas, good command of English, speak German a little bit, own Opel Zafira manufactured in 2004, with automatic climate control, which can take aboard up to 6 passengers (however almost without luggage) or up to 4 passengers with lots of luggage. I am available only beyond the office hours as I have a full-time job. My rates would be as follows: more →
Rates mentioned below are from years ago. more →
No driver in the history of this project gathered so much positive feedback. The most common adjective clients used to tell me about Slava was “friendly”. Naturally he quickly got himself a real job. Same with another character with a smile. What’s his name.. um.. Osama. I should learn to fake one too… As a lesson to others I’ll keep Slava’s description. See below. BUT TRYING TO CONTACT HIM IS NO USE. SEE OTHERS IN THE FRIENDLY CATEGORY.
OR, FOR A SMALL EXTRA FEE, I’LL HIDE AWAY MY GROUCHY ATTITUDE FOR UP TO TWO HOURS! OF ACTIVE DRIVERS DIMA FROM STARITSA STILL QUALIFIES AS FRIENDLY ALTHOUGH, IF THE TREND CONTINUES, HE TOO WILL TURN INTO AN OLD GROUCH. more →
Sergei’s self-description reproduced below exactly as submitted. The car looks big and black enough to put it and its sharply-dressed owner in the VIP category. I guess I’m checking Fast too because a slow Mercedes is unthinkable in the local road culture. more →
OUT OF CIRCULATION. GOT HIMSELF A REAL JOB. I’M KEEPING THIS PAGE AS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW TO ATTRACT CLIENTS. HE GOT MORE THAN ANYONE, AND THE ONLY THING THAT I THINK SET THIS MIGRANT FROM EGYPT APART FROM HIS RUSSIAN COMPETITORS WAS HIS ANNOYING SMILE. more →
Just added this one and Vitaly has already shown himself well. Responds fast. Liked by clients, several of which provided me with very positive feedback. Black Hyundai Tucson, 2009, of which he sounds very proud.
Gold Ring tours, Winter is the Soul of Russia (c) and Russian Misery Travel (c) adventures and misadventures, and as a support vehicle for horse back riding trips in the Upper Volga area, near Staritsa, Tver region. Explore the country, and at night a comfortable camp and a meal will be waiting for you.