The building on the right is Sasha’s school - Moscow Elementary School #37. A block away, stands the recently built hotel Moscow
. Sasha is not allowed inside but he knows the hotel has a thousand rooms. Each room has a bathroom and a hot water tap. Sasha is proud that the Moscow
hotel is so big; instead of one façade it has two. Sasha doesn’t know that when Stalin was shown two versions of the hotel’s façade they were drawn on the same sheet of paper. Stalin put his signature of approval on both. Uncertain and fearful of the great leader, the construction team built both versions side by side.