Egoeast Mini Hotel
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... what to expect. It didn't help that my light reading of the Lonely Planet on the flight from Berlin also revealed that it is common for tourist to be stopped by the police and 'fined' for made up reasons which is a way of getting a bribe to give you the opportunity to sort the problem out on the spot as opposed to going to the station and being formally booked. The best thing to do is to try to blend in and to look confident but this is very difficult to do with ...
... forget the numerous 'Irish' Bars dotted through out ! Don't know what I expected but it's more 'Western' than I thought it would be.
Crazy manic city with what seems like a constant rush hour - you're nobody unless you have a 4X4 - Range Rovers and Land Rovers a bit common dahling - Mercedes Benz and Hummer more 'in vogue'. Taking your life in your hands if you are insane enough to try and cycle ...
Our first morning in St Petersburg and we wandered to the nearest cafe down the road and had a very ordinary breakfast. Everything was cold and the coffee was..., best left unmentioned. We soon realised that pointing to the beautiful pictures on the menu will not mean that your meal will turn up looking anything Iike the picture. Or heated. The pictures appear to be more of a guideline than a guarantee.
Barely fuelled for the day ahead, we beamed ...
... to "The Little Humpbacked Horse"...a ballet at the Marisnky. It was absolutely stunning, I have never seen such amazing coordination on display before and the ballet was actually quite funny. Overall a great experience.
The upcoming week holds a 10 page essay on Gogol, 2 books to read, more cultural excursions, a hockey game, and (hopefully) a segway tour! Really starting to warm-up to St Petersburg, now if only the weather would follow suit!
... and he confirmed it. Thwarted once again!! I couldn't believe it. All I could do was laugh.
I didn't want to waste any more time so made my way north across the Neva to see Peter the Great's Cabin. Thank god this was open! I breathed a sigh of relief, paid my admission fee and went inside. This small 3 room cabin was Peter's first residence in his new city. Built in only 3 days, Peter only lived in it for few weeks before his war ...