I work as a barista at the Dom Remesel [Craft House] at VDNH.
I think I can say that I am responsible for your mood. For example, things haven't been going your way since morning: you've run out of toothpaste, dropped your plate of porridge and were late for the bus. Everything is against you.
And now imagine this: you walk into the coffee shop and I greet you with a cup of your favorite coffee. And even if I too have run out of toothpaste and dropped a plate of porridge in the morning, you wouldn't notice it.
In fact, this is pretty much how it goes. I know how to win people over. I am a rather empathic person, so I can easily sense the mood of a person and know how to improve it. I don't like phoney coffee house baristas with fake smiles.
I do almost everything at Dom Remesel. And such variety has its advantages.
You can stand behind the bar, making coffee and chatting with guests. Or you can spend the day in the heart of Dome Remesel's engine room: dragging bags of coffee beans and sorting the inventory, rather than thinking about numbers or letters.
You can find something to enjoy in any part of the job. The most important thing is your approach. You can find something useful even in the smallest things. I prefer to go from the specific to the general. Want to change the world? Start by cleaning up the mess around you. A very simple principle.
I am currently a part-time third-year psychology student. I can't say I chose this profession from the off; it was a long journey.
After school, I studied for two years to become an engineer, designing bridges and tunnels. Then I decided to change my profession to something I thought would be easier—a lawyer. Of course, I only thought that. I studied for three years, but I found myself in Samara due to certain unfortunate circumstances. Then I returned to Moscow and enrolled at university to study psychology. I can finally say, I didn't regret my decision this time. Perhaps, I needed to try my hand at different professions to find the right one. At least I am happy now: I like studying, and this seems to be the important thing. I also enjoy working at the coffee shop: you can count it as a sort of practice in psychology.
The coffee industry is constantly developing, just like Moscow itself. It is a city where coffee is always important and always needed. People drink coffee on the run, they drink it as they discuss serious and not-so-serious topics, they yearn for coffee as a life-saver in the morning or they grab a cup while waiting for their date, as the only opportunity to take time for themselves.
I was born in Moscow and I lived in Maryina Roshcha District until I was 21. Festivalny Park and the Catherine Park were our backyards back then. You could say, they were the soul of our childhood. Of course, they had their advantages and disadvantages, although we didn't really stop to think about them; it doesn't matter where you are, it matters who you spend time with.
I loved my neighbourhood, my school and especially its proximity. We would often ride bicycles to VDNH: we loved the journey itself, partly because as we were small; it was a way for us to challenge the city, two of its bridges, the cars and the traffic. When we would finally arrive, we were greeted by what we saw as the immense Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy with its Botanical Garden and Ostankino Park. Once I realised that we lived practically in the centre of the city, and since, for the most part, we travelled everywhere by bike, we started looking for and devising new routes. Moscow grew and changed with us. It's a beautiful transformation.
Incidentally, bicycles have remained my passion to this day: I still build them myself from parts and from time to time I break them up. Weather permitting, I always ride a fixie* when I go to work or just go out: it's quick, comfortable and this way I have time to see more than if I went on foot. It's cool that the city has started helping out cyclists— it is safer and easier to ride now, even though my grandma still gets worried when I ride at night. I love Moscow at night: it's quiet and it whispers. The lights, the architecture—everything seems different.
Now I live in Saburovo, near the Moskvorechye station of the Moscow Central Diameters. Nearby you will find my favorite "Boriki"— the Borisovsky Ponds. I also love Tsaritsyno and Kolomenskoye Park. Moscow literally blows my mind there. Everyone needs a place like this, even if you really love the pace of life in the capital. It is secluded, quiet and you can finally get the chance to hear yourself think.
The special Muscovites project is dedicated to the heroes of our city: ordinary people with their own views on Moscow. You can meet them in a café, on the street, at the theatre or the supermarket. Perhaps, you sat across from their table, stood in the same queue or were on the same bus late to work just yesterday. Muscovites, let's get acquainted.
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