I'm continuing my high-detail work in the city center of Odrava. Last week I ranted about hipsters, now here are some more depictions of everyday life in the neighborhood.
New Town living
Friday morning, the city is waking up. Trams are rumbling up and down the boulevard. It rained at night, cars drive through puddles, splashing dirty water everywhere. The sky is bright blue, no cloud in sight, and the air feels fresh as it touches people's faces.
Businesses are opening their blinds. The scent of coffee is making its way down the street. The streets are filling up with people rushing to work. The warm morning sunlight is painting everything gold. Trees rustle softly in the gentle breeze.
The sun is getting stronger, but the townhouses, made of sturdy bricks, are still cool. Office workers are going out to lunch, they sit down in the restaurant garden and chat about life. The elderly are walking their dogs, parents with babies are relaxing in the park.
It's getting warmer. Construction workers laying down new water pipes on the central avenue are taking their shirts off. The sound of power drills hammering asphalt resonates in the windows of nearby houses. It's overwhelmingly noisy on the main street. The residential streets are silent, empty of people but full of parked cars.
It's 4 PM on the clock. The workweek has finally ended. Trams and buses are packed with people commuting home, the traffic is getting busy. Some prefer to cycle.
The air is dry and completely steady. Roofs and pavements radiate heat. People stop in the shady spots to cool down, wipe the sweat off their forehead or drink some water. This hot afternoon just seems endless. The omnipresent monotonous whirl of air conditioning units is sometimes disrupted by the joyful screams of kids playing in the backyard. Those without air conditioning open their windows. Someone upstairs is playing the piano.
Shops are full of people doing grocery shopping for the weekend.
Restaurants are bustling with friends going out for dinner. The air feels lighter - a few people went for a walk to the riverbank, others hit the gym. Traffic slows down, businesses close their blinds and lock them again, vendors at the farmers' market pack up their kiosks and drive home. The sky turns pink right before dawn. The sun sets on New Town, sending down a few last golden rays once again.
Street lights glow up, and so do the neon wall signs of various establishments along the central boulevard. It's time to get drinks and have some fun, relieve all the stress from work. Or to go see a movie in the open air cinema. The lights in the windows start going out one by one, the streets are quiet, everything goes to rest. Only a few drunk people stumble down the road to the tram stop.
It starts raining lightly.
Tune in next week for an all-rainbow, all-queer rendition of the bliki about the gay culture and nightlife in Odrava.
Comments are v welcome
hot take: detailed mapping is actually easier than drawing areas large-scale
Brilliant mapping as always. It is one of the best city mapping on the map, creating strong vibe of Eastern European city. It's cool that you pay attention to address system and add housenumber tags to buildings, this can be seen very rarely in OGF.
And thanks for your hint on the top of comment section! (soon I'm going to create detail mapping of my city center... or maybe not...)
- Thank you very much! I try my best. I drew the New Town Station in May 2017, and since then, a hell of a lot of things have changed in Odrava, so these are actually the remnants of what it once used to be. My plan is to reduce the number of platforms and redraw the station building, and I will do that at the very end of August. --Eklas (talk) 12:37, 7 August 2018 (CEST)
The opera and riverfront area nearby are easily one of my favorite locations on the entire map. It just seems to come alive so vividly in my mind. Now I'm waiting with bated breath to see what is going to be along the street "Maurecijská." :) Alessa (talk) 15:35, 7 August 2018 (CEST)
Once again, incredibly detailed work, especially the many parks and green spaces. And indeed, detailed mapping is much easier and more fun. Which explains why my country is still pretty empty. 😅 —PortCal (talk · bliki) 18:25, 7 August 2018 (CEST)