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Jul 11, 2005 - St Petersburg - 3 month anniversary

Russia is tough. I have come to this conclusion after arriving in St Petersburg hoping for a pristine city (which was stupid of me) - and definitely there are some beautiful spots - but also lots of dirt and filth and traffic everywhere. Once again not helped by the fact I am tired after being slightly under the weather for 5 days in Moscow. These arent easy cities to relax in. Anyway - did you know that standing directly behind someone in line does not constitute queuing in Russia? You have to actually stand off the right shoulder of the...

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Jul 1, 2005 - St. Petersburg I

I arrived in St. Petersburg this morning after an eight hour train ride. The weather was initially cold and rainy but it soon cleared off and became BEAUTIFUL! St. Pete is a very different city than any other in Russia. Tsar Peter the Great who was committed to the westernization of Russia founded it three hundred years ago. He founded St. Pete as the new capital of Russia and it was built on the western style. The architecture is all neo-classical except for a few cathedrals and it looks very European. The city was built on the delta of...

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Gove Goes to Russia

Jun 22, 2005 - St.Petersburg

Well, I unfortunately won't be able to post yet any of the amazing photos of the things that we have seen here in St.Petersburg because I wasn't able to have USB access to upload the photos. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to get some pictures up. Thanks to everybody for all the messages. After spending over 24 hours now in St.Petersburg I can truthfully say that it is the city that never sleeps, at least in the summertime. It is amazing that I am writing this at almost 1 a.m. and it is still light outside. It only briefly gets dark here...

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Jun 10, 2005 - St Petersburg

St Petersburg is know as the Venice of the North, a mix of Russian and European cultures. The Hermitage is here (Famous Museum), though the building is better than any of the paintings in it. (Mostly old French shit) you know flowers and such like. At the moment it is not getting dark at night. At 2am it is twilight and that is as dark as it gets. So the people party all night. You have to visit this place.

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Jun 8, 2005 - St. Petersburg

Ellen: Ohmygoodness this city is beautiful!!! I mentioned before that Moscow was much lighter and brighter than towns in the East - well St. Pete's blows it out of the water! And water is literally a big reason for that. Canals and a river make the city a delight to walk around, and walking is what we've been doing. Lots of it. Our apartment is in a prime location, and the neighborhoods all around are filled with shops and cafes. The buildings themselves are gorgeous. It feels very "grandly European". Kevin found the Choral Synagogue on...

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May 27, 2005 - St Petersburg

I realised, while buying the love of my love lots of nice russian beers, why everyone drinks the stuff! Its SO cheap, a huge bottle comes in at 20-35 roubles(50RR-1GBP!) Overnight train from Leningradsky station left at 0023am, same comfort levels as Trans Siberian. No sign of tourists, just noisy russians! St Petersburg really beautiful but sadly there is a huge black cloud hanging over it and the heavens opened, and like anywhere in torrential rain its not so much fun! Spent a quick day wandering some of the sights in the city centre, saw...

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Kirsty RTW '04/'05

May 12, 2005 - Its all Cyrillic to me!

Travel was swimming along. Spanish and Portugese I could more or less fake, two and a half months in English-speaking South Africa was cake and life in Germany was totally jake. Ahh, but then I wished for a little more adventure and a little less comfort, and lo and behold, look what I got? Be careful, they say. After thorough evaluation and much debate at immigration, they finally agreed to let me in the country. Bueno! Then, even though it's pushing midnight, I manage to pile in a mini-bus, find the metro, count my stops to my first train...

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Mar 21, 2005 - To Russia With Love

The sun glints off the last thin crusts of snow and ice across the Baltic coast as we come into land at St Petersburg's airport. From the air I have a perfect bird's eye view of the entire city built by Peter the Great just over 300 years ago on the boggy banks of the Neva River. A million questions flood my mind about how it has changed in the three years since I was last here and I'm ready to fire them all at Yegor, director of the adventure tour agency Wild Russia, the company that arranged my visa and accommodation, who is at the...

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Oct 15, 2004 - St.Petersburg, Russia

My second and last city on this leg of my Russia trip. Interesting place, but the language barrier is still a problem. I have noticed the people don't care very much for Americans. They tell me their feelings are pretty fickle, they come and go. Hope to see a lot of the famous sites before I leave on the 18th.

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Sep 17, 2004 - St Petersburg - Venice of the North

Just a quick update to say we arrived safe and well in St Petersburg yesterday after 13 hour overnight train. Visited the Hermitage museum this afternoon... as you would expect from the worlds 2nd largest museum, it was chocker with art! Not a bad way to idle away a rainy afternoon I'd say. Couple more days to go here, so will leave decent update till later. ........... Update 20th September. 4 whole days in St Petersburg. Definately worth the time. Highlights; - Hermitage Musuem. - Walking around city streets and taking in tranquil beauty...

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Nils Travels 2004

Sep 7, 2004 - St. Petersberg, Russia

Arrival and settled into Hostel...visits to museums and sights in this very historic city! Following from my written journal... 9-7-04 Sunny and windy Now in St. Petersburg...the trip was a trip...3 planes leaving Seattle 8 a.m. (got up at 4:45) on the 6th ended up here 2 p.m. on the 7th losing 14 hours in going east. Best air travel on SAS - Dulles to Copenhagen. Lots of room, great food and drinks, video/music...we won't mention the worst (UAL)! So far we have had great interchanges with Russians getting help, although not many speak...

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Sep 2, 2004 - WELCOME:

Tim here...Hopefully, within the next several days I will be able to establish a clearer vision of what this site will be about. For now it is enuf to say that our group of seven meeting in Seattle on Sunday, Sept. 5 and flying out on the 6th to St. Petersburg, Russia will be adding to this site throughout our journeys. With recent events in Russia causing their people to go through similar emotions as 9/11 we expect that our entry into their midst will be somewhat difficult and require a maximum of respect and empathy for their feelings. I...

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