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One of the most #bizarre architectural pieces I found in #Samara is this device, in an area highly under renovation. It looks like a time machine from an SF book, arrived here by mistake, or crashed, and disused ever since.
This is the highest-contrast picture I managed to find to illustrate how new buildings replace (really) old buildings in #Samara.
Those old buildings are mostly in the "historical center", which is topographically the westernmost fringe, and most of them are not charming old buildings one would enjoy looking at, but decrepit and neglected, non-fancy old buildings. Nice old buildings, beautifully designed and well-tended, even entirely wooden, still do exist, but they are few and far between.· 9000
Colorful bulbs of plastic placed on some wire lines in #Samara add a festive note to a summer morning.
So as to confirm that I'm actually visiting #Samara, Russia.
Next to the locally-built piece of space tech landed a flying saucer, apparently trying to blend in in a friendly way. Aliens' hairdo is curiously peculiar.· 9000 4
Visiting a city where you had lived since childhood after 20 years away is a dream-like, trip-like experience. The reality you remember has changed in interesting and #bizarre ways, producing a surreal mix of well-known and totally unfamiliar, and you also notice that some of your memories must be somehow incorrect, but it's hard to tell whether your memory is a bit off, or things just changed. Certain things did not change at all, though. (It takes a separate long post.)· 9000 5
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