Thanks SO MUCH to JenniferTN for posting this AMAZING link to a site dedicated to communal living in Russia. It's like you are right there with the Metanovas. (And - in your head - you will hear Shura's venom about the toilets, I assure you.) It's so odd to me to see such beauty interspersed with less-than-stellar living conditions. The windows and fixtures are stunning...the ceilings are incredibly high...the architecture (especially the exteriors) is breathtaking. And then you see the bathroom or some of the walls in the kitchen and think "I'll never complain about my bathroom again. Ever."
If nothing else, this website screams to us about how close the Metanovas were. It's no wonder Dasha felt the need to go out and try to land a man all the time...and why Tania clings to her family. In such tight quarters, you have no choice but to be close.
Make sure to watch some videos - and look at the photos. Make sure you read along below the photos - and to the right of them - for some incredible details on communal living.