I wasn’t sure just how far away it was, having only driven past it when on the way from the airport, and once with a friend, so I called a taxi. Imagine my chagrin when I found myself there in about 3 minutes…… and paid 250 rubles ($8.00) for the privilege. “OK”, said Self, “unless I am carrying very heavy objects, or a great amount of groceries, I can walk here. No taxi required. First stop was the grocery store….. not to buy anything yet, but I had discovered that the ATM there would accept my Norwegian bank card, and not many will. Armed with a wad of ruble notes, I began my reconnaissance mission.
There are four floors in City Mall, with a huge open area in the middle. Floors 1 and 3 have floors , while on floors 2 and 4, one can look down from a balcony, with stores ringing the centre court.
I wandered all around the mall. The top floor seemed to be all furniture, the rest mostly clothing. I discovered later that there is an electronics store on the 4th floor, and bought a new printer there….. but I’m skipping ahead of myself.
I discovered later that there is some sort of spring action in the legs, so when a child sort of bounces up and down, the legs spread forward and back and it rolls along. It looks like great fun. I wish my granddaughter was here so we could try it out.
The third floor also has the food court. There is a wide array of choices – chicken, burgers, Russian food, pizza, donuts, and three oriental food stalls. I went to the Japanese one because the pictures on the menu were the clearest,
several ice cream venders – the Russians really like their ice cream……
and a huge grocery store that is fairly well stocked – especially the liquor section.
As it is quite close, I often go to City Mall to do my shopping. It is not the most exciting place in town, but sometimes, a bit of the familiar is exactly what this adventurer needs.