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St Petersburg is the perfect destination for the culture vultures amongst you, full of museums, art galleries and palaces. It is a much more "tourist friendly" city than Moscow but the language barrier is still a huge challenge for the independent traveller! It is similar to Amsterdam in terms of its canal system, although the Russians claim it to …
... to go through Belarus. In the next 10 minutes a mad rush of events took place which set me on course down a rather dodgy path. The conductor had a bit of a barney with a co-worker to discuss what to do. I don't understand any Russian but I think the gist of the conversation was one of them saying 'we can't let him on he doesn't have a visa' and the other saying 'he doesn't need one, it will be ok just let him on and will get ...
I then made my way to Dachniki for some dinner. While I was waiting for food, I was reading my Lonely Planet guide when I heard English. It was a girl ordering food a few tables over. I then noticed she too had a Lonely Planet guide. After dinner, I made my way over and introduced myself. Her name was Elsa and she was from the Netherlands also going to do the Trans-Siberian. We got chatting about Russia and it ended up being another late night for me.
... city seems a more vibrant, cleaner and perhaps wealthier version of Helsinki. The building styles and grand scale are similar and the streets are absolutely clogged with people, some foreigners but mainly Russians. We have heard only a smattering of English and other languages here and find almost no signage in English or other languages. I am very happy to report that I have retained a lot of the Russian I learned in college that has at least helped me to decipher signs written ...
Weather cold but sunny, our luck is holding out as up to this point we have missed the storms that have hit parts of Europe.
The summer palace of Catherine the Great in the town of Pushkin, an example of excess to The extreme. Aside from the rooms decorated in the baroque style, gold, gold and more gold, we saw the famous Amber Room where the walls are lined with panels of Amber, extraordinarily expensive (example, one small round box about ...
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