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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... have a different alphabet which means we couldn't even attempt to communicate using written words or by forming some understanding of things around us. It is hard. Very hard and scary... and will make a lasting impression on us. I am glad we have come up against something like this before our year is over but i have never felt so out of my comfort zone before!
Our first night consisted of checking out a local supermarket and making our way to a diner ...
... theatrical/musical/dance folk show that was truly world-class.
Classically trained magicians, singers and dancers performed many
vignettes that were simply astonishingly wonderful both visually and
musically. There were a couple of comedy bits that although
completely in Russian, were hilarious for us given the acting. No
matter where in the world we've traveled, we have found a commonality
amongst cultures – everyone loves to laugh.
... a canal cut in leading to the palace. It is said that Peter the great used to sail his boat from the Baltic up the canal to his palace. It is called the Versailles of Russia and its obvious why, just as opulent and impressive in gardens and buildings, although personally I feel that Versailles is a little more tasteful.
so all in all today was a day of art and culture and now it's time for happy hour and we are sooooo ready!
... liked to get the teapot but it was rather too dear for me. Still the dolls are too expensive though. The only cheap ones are the crass ones, the different world leaders, angry birds, the simpsons, etc. anything vaguely traditionally Russian design is way more than we want to pay.
We are dropped at the immigration building for our ferry. There is a band playing there again, the same band as when we arrived. Alexander stops the car right ...
... what the Russians had destroyed in other parts of the world (and in their own, for that matter). We had just been in Estonia, where we heard about all that the Russians had demolished. While I felt comfortable talking to Rene in Berlin about how they acquired some of their art, I didn’t see the point here. The stock answer is that they were part of a private collection later given to the state. Right.
We got back to the starting place ...