Sometimes they use the parts of planes in designs of houses etc, but mainly those are detached villas or some sort of bars or cafes like this one Russian plane bar. Those Russian house owners went even
further and attached for some reason a Russian TU jet body to the second floor of the multi stored building. If that's an appartment, then just imagine how jealous are the neighbours are now.
In Russia you often can see small kiosks selling hot food. For many years of Soviet rain it was not hotdogs or hamburgers. Such western dishes stayed unknown to Russian people. Instead they were eating the dishes that even can't be translated but should be named with their original Russian names, such as "Chebureks" "Belyash" or "Hichin". Mostly those were fried small patties with various feelings and were adored by almost any Russian. They didn't know the term "vegetarian" at that times in Russia too, and
nobody cared. Though there were many urban legends that it's a good chance to buy a cheburek made of stray dogs or cats, pigeons or even rats. You could say "those rumours were spread by the competitors", but there were no any, in Soviet times. People often told that even many of the famous Russian fur hats were made of the fur of poor stray animals. Anyways, here is the story of one Cheburek, how it is usually cooked by one of the modern famous Russian cooks.
To continue the transportation theme for today, as we had the new trains, now something that was planned to be built 30 years ago, back in 1970s. It was called the "super string transportation system" and was claimed to come to replace the existing rail road technologies. The steel cords under great tension had to be stretched on the polls across all the country to support the high speed (up
to 500 km/h - 300 mph) trains movement. The project was pretty fast approved by Soviet government because of its cheap cost if compared to conventional rail roads - no need to prepare Earth surface - just put some polls and you are ready to go. As always, it started with just sketches on paper, made in the manner it looked to be contemporary in 1970s.
Somewhere between Ventspils and Kolka cape in Latvia (ex-Soviet country) is located two radio telescopes (also known as "zvjozdachka" - the star), that in those days were one of most secret elements in soviet army. There are two antennas left – RT-32 (main
dish is 32 meters in diameter) and RT-16 (16 meters). The smallest one – RT-10 – was taken away when soviet soldiers left Latvia in 90-ies. With those antennas Russian forces were able to spy phone calls everywhere they wanted.
If you ever had been in Russia you probably noticed that there are a lot of book sales in Russia. Before, in Soviet times, they had called Russians "The most reading nation of the world" for their passion to read. Nowadays, people still fond of reading even under the pressure of dvd/internet entertainment pouring on the heads from everywhere - in good old Soviet times they had no of such available so reading was the only
way out to get some fun. The quality of reading material has changed also a lot. If before it was mainly classic literature or some modern novels carefully picked by Soviet censorship for not having something unwanted in them then today people more often read low-level detective stories or fantasy books which are being created at a great speed of thousands new titles every week.