June 15, Friday
Last night when we came into our room there was a snack plate sent from the dining room in case we were hungry after our long day.
We slept late, had a small breakfast, and Dick decided he would rather have a nap then get on another bus. So off Mary and I went to see Panaramic St Petersburg. Our guide was an older Russia woman who much preferred her city over Moscow. There was a lot to see. Every building has history. Museums everywhere, parks, statues, cathedrals, and the river. It is hard to absorb that much information. They all hated Stalin.
Twice during the day I had run ins with police. The first time was at the terminal waiting for the bus when I went out the wrong door was chastised and redirected to the correct entrance, which meant I had to go through security a third time. The second time was at immigration returning to the ship because I did not have my temporary visa that they had kept from the night before. A call was made and they let me into the terminal a second time. There are metal detectors everywhere. Even when they go off they just let you keep on walking. One said to me ”ust go on I tear- us you.”
Today there were fans out in large numbers. The soccer games are being played at the new St Pertersburg stadium. It is strange to see large groups from Iran,Peru, Croatia, Saudi Arabia all in shirts getting pumped for there matches.
Tomorrow Helsinki Findland.