(A VERY COMMON MOSCOVITE MANEUVER)
Whenever I need to be driven anywhere in Moscow I always make sure I have snacks, water, and a good book, or a computer with me. Even better I like to take a friend or two along to help pass the hours that are sometimes spent in the car commuting. A 25 mile commute can take as long as 4 hours, especially if it’s rush hour and it's snowing. A simple trip to the store often turns into an all day event with hours of commute and hours of shopping, in just one store.
We often share our drivers. Since I share our car and driver with Brian I often go with my friend Shelly. She has a van at her disposal all day because her husband has his own car and driver. The van is also nice because then we have room enough for our groceries when we go grocery shopping. Sometimes as many as four of us will go together, it makes the experience much more bearable.
Sometimes we loan our driver out to someone else if we’re not using him. The drivers usually work full time for us so if we are not in need of a driver on certain day we will offer his service to someone else who needs him. Shelly is always very generous with her car and driver. We use him a lot for our YM and YW activities. Not everyone has drivers. Those who work for the church drive their own cars and some are not comfortable driving in Moscow. Elke is comfortable driving their van and will often drive for us when we need to do something more local to Rosinka but she doesn’t care to drive in Moscow if she can avoid it.