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The first port we docked
in after leaving South Hampton was St. Petersburg. To be allowed into Russia,
we either needed a visa (which costs roughly $250 U.S.) or had to be on a
Semester at Sea sponsored trip. As I was in the game of saving money and was on
a time crunch, I choose to do school sponsored trips. These consisted of a
“City Orientation via the Neva Canal”, a walking tour of the Market and the
Metro, and a trip to ...
... Northern War.
As a former residence of the Russian monarchs, Peterhof brings together the finest achievements in national and international culture. This unique complex was created by outstanding architects, decorators and sculptors, whose spectacular works of art slot perfectly into the natural beauty of the coastal landscape. Peter the Great planned Peterhof as the residence of a sea king. This was to be his incarnation of Russia as a great European power, with ...
... We got back into the cruise terminal around 5.45pm and I scooted up to the Internet Café to upload another blog update.
We boarded the ship and called into Crooner’s bar for a quick beer then I headed up to the cabin to get changed for dinner. We’d arranged to meet Lloyd and Jan up in Adagio but I couldn’t remember what time we’d finally decided on so I called their cabin. They’d only just got back from their ...
... There is more major gold leaf here as well. We had to wear booties to protect the floors and cut down on dust. Catherine's dress on display is made of paper. What appears to be priceless wall covers are now painted replicas. There are rooms with strips of inlay that is actually colored aluminum foil. That was new at the time. We did get to walk through some rooms that were used by the families. We also walked through servants hallways and areas used in ...
... most importantly, send them gifts and leave contact for each other. It is polite to buy them some gifts from your home country. I bought some tea, two pairs of chopsticks, some Chinese snacks, scarfs and a box of small postcards to Nastya. You will feel so grateful after spending three days in such a warm family.
Losing contact after couchsurfing is sad, at least to me. I would like to send them emails from time to ...