The story youâ€™re going to learn now is not a commonplace one. This is the story of a one-day-long journey to the other world that is full of filth, grime and foulness. But in spite of all these dirty things, this world is our world too.
This is an insight on how bums of Novosibirsk live, spend their free time, entertain themselves and occasionally partying. Our humble guide for today is bum Oleg of â€œBogdanovskieâ€ gang. There he is. A sly and lively man with his head cracked.
Commencement of the journey: a flophouse that works on a paying basis (2500 roubles / 75 dollars a month.)
Thatâ€™s where crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of homeless people sleep over. Only some pensioners stay at the place, and, for sure, they have already long forgotten what it is like to be on the bum.
Then the travelersâ€™ crew met a haughty and prideful needy named Serega. â€œIâ€™m a loner and always decide for myself,â€ he said. Even when the guys offered him 300 roubles (10 bucks) to show them around the cityâ€™s streeters life he refused the money.
At the flophouse the team were told that there was a bumsâ€™ settlement in one of the cityâ€™s hoods. Now their path goes to a dump site near a local private sector (it is popularly dubbed Shanghai and is like Novosibirsk Harlem.)
Continuation of the trip: Interesting things begin popping up
Basement of a â€œKhruschevkaâ€ building. You open the door and see 44 years old Oleg who have just woke up. In the mornings he dreams about being a welder.
Oleg is a friendly guy and right away asks the crew to follow him to the bushes where all active members of the â€œBogdanovskieâ€ community will be soon gathered. â€œYouâ€™ll see how we live. At first we wake up and begin working. Go round the place to gather some metal junk (2 roubles for a kilo / 7 cents for 2 lb) and then nurse the hangover together.â€
â€œBeardâ€ likes this kind of life â€“ neither living in the flophouse nor getting a job attracts him. He earns 1-5 thousand roubles a day (30-150 dollars) just for gathering scrap metal and doesnâ€™t detest people living â€œon the other side.â€
After freshening the nip they are supposed to be working again. â€œThatâ€™s how it goes. Blocks are earning money and women are looking for something eatable, and then cook it. There are no major or minors. Everything that is either found or earned goes to the shared fund.â€
These plain Seregaâ€™s riches are a small mirror and a float for catching small fry in the local river.