AT THE POST OFFICE
I study in Moscow and I often get letters from my arents who live in the Caucasus.
I get my letters poste restante at the post office close to our Institute.
I chose this post office because 1 can drop in here twice a day: on my way to the Institute and another time on my way back to the hostel.
The procedure is the following: I come up to a window that has the notice: Letters Poste Restante, Stamps, Postcards, Telegraph Forms on Sale.
I ask the official sitting behind the window if there are any letters to my name.
I often get letters, telegrams, parcels and remittances.
If a remittance is received to my name I'm given a printed form to fill in.
I write my full name and address, go to another window and say that I am the addresse of the remittance. The fficial asks for my passport, checks it up with the printed orm, returns me the passport and hands me the money.
Sometimes I write letters at the post office.
I put the letter into an envelope, address it (write the ddress on it), put a stamp on it and drop it into the pillar-ox (letter-box).
If I want to send my letters by air-mail and registered buy a rouble worth of stamps and give it to the official ehind the window with the notice «Registered Letters».
The clerk weighs the letter, obliterates the stamps on it, and writes out a receipt.
There are always many people in our post office. It is small wonder since our post office is quite a convenient place.
You can buy there all kinds of stamps, post cards, envelopes.
You can send all kinds of telegrams (photo-telegrams, express-telegrams, reply-paid telegrams) and letters.
You can get your letters poste restante there.
You can send parcels insured and otherwise. You may have your parcels wrapped and tied then and there.
Besides you can subscribe there to different papers, gazettes, journals, magazines published in the Soviet Union and in the countries of People's Democracy.
There is also a savings-bank where you can put in or draw your money whenever you want.
You may also book a trunk-call to any city in the Soviet Union and abroad.
Our post office is quite a big place. There are a number of windows there with signs: Air-Mail, Money Orders, Book Post, Printed Matter for Subscription, Parcel Post, etc.
You may sit down comfortably and write a letter or telegram. Tables and chairs are provided for that purpose.
There is ink, blotting paper and glue provided there free of charge.
- Can I send a letter by air to this town in the Lithuanian Republic?
- I'm afraid not. The letter will go by air as far as Vilnius and then by ordinary delivery.
- It won't do then. I'll have to send a cable. What is the rate per word?
- It is thirty kopecks per word.
- Isn't there a reduced charge for telegrams sent late in the night?
- No, not now. In a fortnight's time1 there will be a reduced charge for cables of greetings for the November holidays. Wouldn't you try a photo-telegram?
- No, a photo-telegram will be too slow, for it will not reach my addressee direct. Please give me a telegrapb form.
- Here you are. Please, don't forget to write your full name and address.
- Very good, thank you. Here is my telegram.
- I'm afraid you'll have to rewrite it. I cannot decipher the sender's name and address.
- I'm sorry. I'll try to be more legible now.
- Now that's better, thank you. Five roubles thirty kopecks, please.
- Here you are.
- Here is your receipt and change.
- Thank you. By the way, where can I send a parcel?
- Apply to Parcel Post, round the corner.
At Parcel Post
- I want to send a parcel to Vilnius. What is the registration and insurance fee?
- It all depends on the weight. Where is your parcel?
- I must have it wrapped and tied.
- Bring it along. We shall do it right here.
- I'm afraid I'll have to put it off for to-morrow for I haven't got enough money on me, and I cannot draw any from the savings-bank - it's closed already.
- Oh, any time you like. We are open from 8 a. m. till 8 p. m.
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