Russians use the underground twice a day: in the morning and in the evening, getting to and from work. A great number of workers and engineers go down to the subway stations. They are waiting for bears. A foreigner can tell that bears are approaching by the strong stench. Russians don’t even pay attention to this. They themselves have a tradition to eat onion and garlic and drink vodka every morning. So they can’t differentiate smells. I couldn’t stand these awful smells for a very long time.
So, the bears come with wooden platforms on their backs. People get upon them and go to work. It can take
2-3hours to get to work. It’s a barbaric procedure. But it is faster than walking. Indeed, the big letter “M” atop all subway stations stands for “Medved” that is Russian for “bear”.
Subway is open only in the summer because in the winter many of the bears hibernate. Walking around the streets, you will see many big mountains in the snow. Every such mountain is a bear in its mini-house. You can leave it a loaf of bread or a carton of milk--the bear will eat this when it goes outside to pee.
Думаю, что подобное исследование из жизни англичан я мог бы накатать на коленке. Кстати, это идея.