На работе у меня всегда много заказов. А в первую волну пандемии было еще больше. Рестораны закрылись, люди сидели дома. Обычно у нас с девяти утра начинается волна заказов, а к четырем понемногу утихает. Но когда все были на самоизоляции, мы работали непрерывно с девяти до девяти.
В Азербайджане сейчас все стало спокойнее, меньше препятствий. Война закончилась, обстановка улучшается. Живут у нас и армяне под азербайджанскими фамилиями. Все это знают, но никто их не трогает. Я не попал на эту войну — заболел желтухой и не прошел медкомиссию, слава Богу. Если бы мне пришлось вернуться в Баку, я бы, наверное, очень долго привыкал. Все-таки у меня уже московский менталитет. Я ощущаю себя москвичом.
I am 47 years old. I have been in Moscow for seven years now. My wife and I are from Baku. We grew up in the same settlement, had mutual acquaintances but did not know each other. In the 1990s she had to leave Azerbaijan because she was half-Armenian. While living in Moscow, she came to Baku for a while. With her first husband's Russian surname she could travel to her homeland without problems. That was how we got to know each other. We started communicating on the internet, and a year later I came to stay with her and we got married. We now live in the centre, near Kudrinskaya, on Novinsky Boulevard. We get cheaper flats through acquaintances and we are lucky. Before that, I lived at the Vodny Stadion station. It's quiet there, and there's a pond. Every weekend we used to go there to barbecue. My wife and I have grown-up children from previous marriages. We all keep in touch, help each other out.
At work I always have a lot of orders. And in the first wave of the pandemic there were even more. Restaurants closed, people stayed at home. Usually we have a wave of orders starting at nine o'clock in the morning, and by four o'clock it subsides a little bit. But when everyone was on self-isolation, we worked continuously from nine to nine.
Things are calmer in Azerbaijan now, there are fewer obstacles. The war is over, the situation is improving. We also have Armenians living here under Azeri surnames. Everybody knows this, but nobody touches them. I did not go to this war - I got jaundice and did not pass the medical commission, thank God. If I had to return to Baku, it would probably take me a long time to get used to it. After all, I already have a Moscow mentality. I feel like a Muscovite.