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... given yesterday.
It was getting late, and time for us to be driven back to the train station and the four hour trip back to St. Petersburg.
We were all exhausted from the pre-dawn start and all the walking. Our group was quiet on the train, and on the final bus ride back to our ship.
There was one last hurdle: passport control at dockside. It had been rigorous each time we came and went. But now it was ...
... of the royal times.
*Average wages and income disparity article:
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/ article/moscow-monthly-wage-on-average- 1800/487138.html
There are many jokes about Russians never smiling, but if you consider the harsh winters, rainy and grey summers (which I'm experiencing now), high rent, borscht as your staple meal, and a poor wage, then who would be?
... to head for a station called Kitay Gorod. This involved changing lines. All directions are in the Cyrillic font but as Roisin is quickly learning the pronunciation, my job is easy. I just followed her!!
Kitay Gorod means China Town. However, there are no Chinese restaurants within miles of this neighbourhood. There are 2 schools of thought as to how the area got its name. Firstly in the 16th century, the outer fortress ran through this part of the city and ...
... in and it made me question why are we doing this? We both left lives that we were very happy with, we both have families who no doubt would appreciate our support at the moment. Why are we doing this? So that was the question I set out to answer. Why were we doing this? And what did we want from the trip? Of course we wanted to see the sights, but we also wanted to have new and exciting experiences, meet new people, taste new foods and to learn about ...
... bags it came in made good bin bags!
Only one other very grumpy looking russian guy got on who made his
bed and went to sleep straight away; only making a full four person
cabin at a later station when another, slightly friendlier russian
man got on and watched us play cards not wanting to join in. Paul got
a free first coffee when we first got on which we'd recommend getting
just because of the cool design mug it came in – which you can ...