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'Dreams Do Come True'

Vladimir Konnov, driving instructor at the Vykhino depot of the Moscow Metro

In honour of Moscow Transport Day, we interviewed some real heroes — the people who drive us around every day, who help make our capital the best city on Earth.

How long have you been working here? Why did you choose this profession?

I've been working in the Metro since 2008. I came to work in the Moscow Metro right after the military. It happened completely by accident— I saw an ad. But, to be honest, I've dreamed of working as a train driver since I was a child. Dreams do come true!

Have there been any interesting or funny situations involving your job or your passengers?

It's always fun and nice to see how much positivity us Metro drivers can bring to young children standing on the platform with their parents, waiting for their train to arrive. This has happened to me quite a few times. You come out of the tunnel, arrive into the station and see a child smiling and waving their little hand at you. It's a nice feeling that can immediately make your day!

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In your opinion, what place in Moscow should everyone—tourists and locals alike—visit?

My favourite place to relax is Sparrow Hills. You've got the park, the Moskva River and the view of Luzhniki. It's very refreshing. Absolutely everyone should go there to take a walk and relax.

Do you have any favourite spots in the city that you can see while you're at work?

Zhulebinsky park. I pass by it every day on my way to work. When I'm not working, I like to go there for a walk or to relax with my friends and family.

If Moscow was a vehicle, what kind of vehicle would it be?

If Moscow was a kind of transport, it would be a big flying saucer (smiles). It's round, fast and roomy.

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