I woke up at 4:30. Moscow is quite north, so there is a lot of daylight. It
reminds me of Anchorage as well as that movie ‘Insomnia.’ Dave and I spent some
time emailing from our blackberries and talking smack about our Seattle-based
co-workers. I ate cereal, yogurt, and a banana for breakfast. We walked to the
store to buy some more breakfast food. This was quite painful as my shoes and
my feet really are getting along. Dave was brave enough to buy some bananas
from a street vendor. We goofed off as we waited for Alex and Natalyia to
Nataylia (who is a doctor) arrived and begin to tend to my feet. She rigged up
a system using some spare socks so that I could walk more easily and we headed
out to the metro. Walking was quite slow for me and Nataylia was a very
observant and concerned doctor. At the electroskaya stop, Natalyia decide to
stop off at a pharmacy and buy some band-aids, ointments, etc. Arriving at
Mirantis at noon, the first order of business was to take care of my feet; a
request was made to Mirantis to get me a pair of sandals instead.
We started off with an interview. Andrey and Dmitry wanted me to lead, so I
asked him my typical closed polygon question. He had quite a bit of trouble. He
English was passable but difficult to understand. In addition, he wasn’t a
strong candidate and couldn’t see the solution clearly. It was very interesting
to watch the interaction from Andrey, Dmitry, and Vladimir – I felt much more
confident about the idea of them interviewing on their own.
Dave and I were starving and decided to get some lunch. Dmitry felt obligated
to join us and decided to drive his car. Off we went to an Italian restaraunt.
The service was poor, the food was average, but the conversation was excellent.
On the way back to the office there was some congestion and Dmitry was unable
to stop in time. We rear-ended another vehicle on the left-side at about 5 MPH.
We didn’t have our passports, so Dave and I quickly departed the vehicle and
hung out in a nearby park. We waited for Alex to pick us up and tried to
act inconspicuous to avoid Moscow police. Luckily, the police took 2 hours to
show up and Alex only took 1. He didn’t know how to get back to the office so
we ended up picking up some stranger who happened to be going to the same area.
It was a very interesting experience.
Once Dmitry returned, I proposed a schedule for reaching TSM planning review
and got by off from Andrey, Alex, and Dmitry. We left work at 8:30 PM for our
first solo metro ride. We met Alex and Natasha at Cafe Mania for delicious
dinner and conversation. Afterwards, we said our goodbyes and crossed the
street to the apartment. Dave fell asleep with the light and TV on (about 11:30)
and I hit the sack at 12:30.