Valentin, 90 ans, Stariy Arbat street, Moscow

My great-granddaughters are 4 years, 1 year and 1 month year old, all the little ladies. All the others in our family are male - my son and my grandson. 

I am a native Moscow resident and since I remember we’ve always lived in the heart of the old city, here in Arbat area. 

Sometimes I think everything I’ve seen, all the places I’ve been, my whole experience and my memories - will be more than enough even for two lives, not just for one. 

My profession was dedicated to public transport and communications. I’ve seen Moscow metro being build, I’ve watched new bus routes being launched, airports and railway stations being raised. Long story short I was responsible for public transport development, be it a highway movement, or Domodedovo airport construction. For my job I had to travel within a country a lot, I guess I’ve seen tens or even hundreds of cities, including those in North, namely Norilsk, Murmansk, Novosibirsk, Vorkuta, Tomsk, etc. Moreover, as I held an executive post I had to travel to other countries in order to adopt foreign practices and methods considering transport operation. I’ve been to the USA, UK, Cuba, Laos and even Vietnam.     

After the retirement I have worked for Moscow City Council of Veterans. 

I like parks… We used to skate in Sokolniki and ski in Izmaylovo park when I was young. Also I do exercises every day to stay fit. 

I think the best thing you can do for your brain is training it a little every day. I don’t want you to think I am showing off but I’ve been keeping a diary of what happening to me every day for 10 years already. Every single day. It’s not a ordinary one - I make notes in poems. I am obviously really bad at making poems, but the point is that it requires everyday discipline and significant brain work. I think this is what helps me remain sane person at this age.