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... wood covered with cloth. The singers and dancers were amazing, the men incredibly athletic. Some of the musical instruments were quite unusual, but played with great skill. One musical interlude consisted of six women playing pottery birds of different sizes. The performance was 90 minutes long with an intermission where they gave us champagne. We left with sore butts and happy hearts. We came back to a midnight herring buffet but Andrea ate cheese as she hates ...
Off to an early start in St Petersburg
with a coach tour to the Peterhof Palace, with its rococo gilt
furnishings and magnificent gardens (it was built to compete with
Versailles). Unfortunately, it began to rain and became heavier as
the afternoon wore on, so it was a bit of a challenge to deal with
the crowds at our ...
They took us to the Saint Peter and Paul Fortress. It is located along the Neva River and is a fortress build in the 1700s. We saw a re-enactment band and color guard perform some marching drills and music. Pretty neat. We even got to see one of the soldiers propose after the show. Cute!
Then off to the Hermitage which was very, very impressive. It's basically a huge art museum in a historic palace. The Hermitage ...
... them up in a little bag. I'm pretty sure that between the two of us, she used an entire loaf of bread one day, slathering great gobs of butter on pieces of bread and layering up meat and cheese. They're great, especially if you're going out of town for the day, but it means eating is akin to a tactical military manoeuvre, because you need to have room for dinner. How else can you eat an entire plate of potatoes piled high with stew, or what amounts to a 1/4 of ...
The old woman, or babushka, that I was staying with was driving me crazy to the point of insanity, so I decided to find an apartment. I checked everywhere from Craigslist, to newspapers, to realty companies, and the only places I found that were affordable were very far from the university or the school I teach at. I looked into some newer, renovated apartments, as well as old, run-down ones (which tended to be the norm).
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