Well, hello again!
If you read my post, Featured Photo #1, you will have read about my plan to post a featured photo “every week or so”. Hmmm, that was in November.
I didn’t forget about it, honestly. I’m constantly thinking about what photos I can share with you. I’m not a great photographer, as you’ve probably already realised. But I do try and take photos of interesting, funny, puzzling, or just crazy things. And I do want to share them with you. I must have gotten sidetracked with other things. Sorry.
So, this brings us to my featured photo #2.
The Troika Card
If you live in Moscow, you’ll know what this is. If you don’t, it’s simply our public transport card. We can either add some credit to it, or we buy a fixed amount of time (eg. 90 days) to use the card an unlimited number of times during that period.
It’s really convenient, and, as you may know, public transport in Moscow isn’t very expensive compared to other European cities.
Our transport cards used to have all different pictures on them. Some of them had photos of metro stations, then we had some with the metro logo on them, and once I had one with pictures of some decorations for New Year and the words ‘С новым годом’ (Happy New Year). And then there were travel cards that weren’t rechargeable made of cardboard, which are still available but are now in a different format (you can now scan them, whereas before you had to insert them into a machine to get a date/time stamp).
So, we have these rechargeable Troika Cards Cards now, which all have the same picture on them – three horses, slightly pixelated (I don’t know why, I guess it’s artistic).
Here’s a scan of my own, personal, Troika Card.
Sometimes in the metro wagons there are posters advertising new metro products. For example, you can now get a Troika bracelet, or a Troika ring.
The reason we’re here today is because one day in August last year, I entered a metro wagon and there was a poster for the Troika Card. And someone had put these googly eyes on the horses.
There’s not much in this world that makes me randomly smile, but that day I’m sure I did.
Have you seen the googly-eyed Troika poster in the metro?