Sunday, October 16, 2011

The half remont

Things are great in Estonia. It is fall and things are nice. Today I went to Tartu, it was nice to see the branch and a lot friends. Maris went to Tõrva yesterday, and then came to Tartu this morning. On the way back home I took a picture of the building next door. This is what we call a half remont. They renovate the sides of the apartment building, but not the middle. I guess it is too expensive to renovate the entire building, but by renovating the sides you can save a lot of money on heating. I guess the most heat leaves through the ends of the building. Most sides are a lot prettier than this building, but you can still see the difference. Sometimes if there is a building with a business on the first floor and apartments on the upper floors only the first floor will be renovated. I prefer the full remont, but you get what you get and you don't get upset.

Here is a path that leads from our building to the road, except that they only built half of it. I'm not sure if they ran out of asphalt, or if it was Soviet planning. In the summer it is ok, we just walk on the grass but in the winter you end up walking into a huge snow bank.

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