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Виталя vs Алеша (Topic - Weekend)

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Проведите беседу в форме чата на тему Weekend. По 10 реплик-высказываний с каждой стороны, приветствия и прощания не считаются. Необходимо использовать тематическую лексику. Оценивается идиоматичность речи и степень андерстейтмента (чем меньше, тем лучше). Главный критерий качества - коммуникативно-лингвистическая релевантность речи. Накопительная система баллов/очков.

Discussion

AlexAlex, 2017/03/17 20:13

Hello, Vitali!
What're your plans for the weekend?

Vitali SolomeinVitali Solomein, 2017/03/19 09:10

Hi, Alex! I had my business trip and came back from Samara last night. So, the first part of my weekend is gone. But I travelled by train and had some good hours with books and pillow. Today, the weather is nice and I'm going to have a walk in the nearest park. What about you?

AlexAlex, 2017/03/19 10:37

I'd like to visit Samara someday. Was it your first time in this city (that city)? As for my weekend, yesterday I cycled, chatted with friends and watched a movie. And today I work.

Vitali SolomeinVitali Solomein, 2017/03/19 12:25

Yes, it was my first time there. All in all, the city is interesting. I would say that it's divided into two parts, the old one and the new one, and the parts do not conflict with each other (I mean the architects of Samara don't ruin old to build new). The old part goes along the left bank of the Volga and consists of two- or three-storied buildings which were built before the revolution. The buildings and the streets look lovely although quite neglected somewhere. Another part of the city lays farther from the river and there are a lot of modern blocks of flats which are quite boring for visitors.

What are your bicycle routes (is it city parks or special tracks) and, by the way, why do you work on Sunday? Is your weekend shifted usually?

AlexAlex, 2017/03/19 20:22

Thank you for such a detailed story about the city. As if I have been there and walked the streets and embankments by myself (myself). Have you visited any sights (Did you visit any sights)?

At first I was going to take a ride in the park, which is near my home. But the route had to be changed, 'cause (when the snow melted away) the park paths after the snow fell turned out to be an obstacle courses for off-roaders. So I chose a regular road and drove (drove along) about 15 km.
My weekend isn't shifted but halved. Saturday is only free day (the only free day). This is because I work with children with developmental disorders and many of them can only come (to me at the weekends) at the weekend.

Vitali SolomeinVitali Solomein, 2017/03/21 13:23

Not lots of the sights, I had my study there and time was quite limited. But it turned out that Samara is a city closely related to the space industry of our country and they have the little space museum (?) where you can see some jet engines, satellites and other products which they produce. The most impressive thing is a full-scale space rocket installed next to the museum.

I think it's a noble way of spending your weekend helping your patients. Could I say that you also have a good and useful experience in place of your free time? But don't you regret it sometimes? I mean what do you think is it enough for a person to have only one day off?

AlexAlex, 2017/03/23 22:38

I real envy people who can watch a live rocket launch


Can people get (?) (into) inside the Samara-rocket?

Well, I'm not exactly Mother Teresa:) This is, of course, interesting, but a normal job. In addition, it doesn't require me 8 hours a day (It isn't a full-time job), so I have my free time. And the last free time (have free time. And recently) I read the book by Roland Barth about semiotics (in my spare time).

Vitali SolomeinVitali Solomein, 2017/03/29 14:12

No, people can't go inside, unfortunately. Probably the boss of the museum is afraid of an unplanned start. )

Would you like to have three or four days off instead of one? I read some scientists consider it will be good for a person.

AlexAlex, 2017/03/29 21:15

Three or four days off would be optimal. It must be discovered by British scientists (It must had been discovered). They are known for a number of unique research:) Maybe once they will find that there should be seven days off:)

What kind of study did you have in Samara if it's not a secret?

Vitali SolomeinVitali Solomein, 2017/03/31 22:20

I don't know about British scientists and their opinion concerning the matter but some years ago I had my experience of 3-days-off life. I should say that that really seemed quite optimal (concerning free time but not money) and might be recommended for a wide application. A lot of businessmen completely agree with me and continue keeping four-day work weeks for their workers.

As for seven days off, one of my acquaintances asked his boss to give him a week off after three weeks nonstop work. That case, it was a joke, but I think that the variant also is not bad especially for people who like travels. What do you think? Probably such kind of weekends should become a new law standard? Just imagine, what changes will happen in our life. :)

I studied ANSYS Maxwell in Samara. ANSYS Maxwell is a computer program for electromagnetic calculation.

AlexAlex, 2017/04/01 15:09

I believe that there is a connection between the person's attitude to his work (correlation between person's attitude towards his work) and his concern about free time. I mean it's unlikely that there will be a problem of free time if the work coincides with a hobby (if your work is your hobby). If the weekend turns into an escape from work it is an alarming symptom that raises questions of the correctness of professional or job choice.

But even if work is a passion, life shouldn't be reduced to it. Lucky those who have a free schedule and can go on a trip or do something else any day of the week. If I could have three or four days off, I'd go to concerts, but not to the museums. It's funny, although I live in St. Petersburg all my life, I haven't visit (haven't visited)many famous sights of the city.

And how would your life change?

Vitali SolomeinVitali Solomein, 2017/04/11 14:58

My life would hardly change a lot but I'd devote more time to different educational activities and probably to the city events I'm interested in. And… Frankly speaking, I would try to find one more job :)

I am, on contrary, a much of a museum liker. If I see an interesting museum and have an opportunity to visit it, it can take a lot of my time to walk through all these ancient things dug by archaeologists. One of the most interesting museums to be visited by me was one in Helsinki.

But how many weekends do you need to visit all famous sights of Saint Petersburg? Is it possible to fit them in one human life? :)

AlexAlex, 2017/04/13 17:40

Actually, I would not go to all the sights, even if I had time, cause it's not a question of time, but of desire. The only museum I really like in Petersburg is the Zoological museum. I visited it several times.
Somehow I spent a weekend in Helsinki in early May. I didn't visit museums, but I was at the City Zoo wich was (wich is) located on a separate island. This is several times larger than the St. Petersburg Zoo, and most of the animals are kept in spacious enclosures. In addition to the Zoo, Helsinki was remembered by snow and near-zero temperature:)

Then, that means you need free time in order to have less free time:) I mean the second job is unlikely to leave much room for outside activities. Does it happen that you work on weekends, or your weeks is clearly divided into workdays and weekends?

Vitali SolomeinVitali Solomein, 2017/04/14 11:48

Yes, you're right, a lot of free time instead of money is not a dream for me :) There should be a balance between them.

In most cases, there are well-defined borders between my weekends and my weekdays, but sometimes we have a rush work and the borders shift.

I think that Helsinki is a good city for a weekend trip but not for a holiday one. I was there at the end of August and the temperature also was very low :)

Does it happen that you visit other cities around Saint-Petersburg having your weekend trips, I don't know, by bicycle for example?

AlexAlex, 2017/04/14 22:42

In the summer (In summer) I periodically visit my friend's dacha near Vyborg. Almost every time I go out into the city. Unfortunately, in comparison with the Finnish cities, Vyborg is a sad sight: broken roads, general (plenty of) shabby, destroyed and abandoned pre-revolutionary houses, ugly Soviet architecture etc.
As for the bike trips, usually I ride a bike around the city, but one weekend I tried to get to the city from a nearby suburb, to which I'd got by train. The way to the city turned out very stressful because of the lack of bicycle infrastructure and heavy traffic. I was being (was) afraid (of being hit by a car) all the time that a car would get hit (?) me. So this sortie was the first and the last.

Whether it depends on the time of the year how you spend the weekend?

Vitali SolomeinVitali Solomein, 2017/04/18 09:29

Well… I can't say so. Of course, when you have nice weather in Summer you can go away from the city and visit different nature sights and so on but practically you rarely do that. That's exactly my case.

What about you?

AlexAlex, 2017/04/19 23:23

During the white nights, I sometimes make night walks in the historical centre, which looks rather mysterious. Black winter nights, on the other hand, I prefer to spend at home.

I'm actually little envy (actually envy a little) there are mountains relatively near Ekb. Have you ever gone hiking or just walked on the Ural mountains?

Vitali SolomeinVitali Solomein, 2017/04/21 13:47

I think the white nights look good (?). I've never seen them in my life but I lived in the polar night for a month. It was an interesting experience.

I'm not much of a good hiker but I climbed to one of the mountains. Its name is Konzhakovskii kamen' and it isn't near Ekb but 500 km to the North. You should go 20 km from the foot to the top of the mountain and the travel forward and back takes two days.

It's the view from the top www.ektrest.ru_sites_default_files_tourinfo_gallery_3_47.jpg

The Ural mountains are not high because they are very ancient and were destroyed by time.

From another hand, you always can spend your weekends at sea. ) Does that happen with you? (?)

AlexAlex, 2017/04/25 15:18

Such a beauty! (Such a beautiful view) (?) My envy's got a little stronger:) I can only climb my house on an elevator:)

Why should we keep things small? I'd even say “ocean”:) Sometimes the locals affectionately call the ocean “puddle”:) I can even see it in my window. Great view:)
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The ocean is over there between the buildings

Thanks for a pleasant conversation! Bye!

Vitali SolomeinVitali Solomein, 2017/04/25 16:55

Sure the locals make a mistake! ) The view is really greate!

Thank a lot! See you!

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