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Limtech by this time had made friends with 5 retired school teachers from Malaysia who were on a trip of a lifetime together.
He offered to drink some of their vodka, which they had left on the table, Video Girl was saying, "No, no, no more."
He sung the ladies "Danny Boy," one of his favourite songs. He thought he was in with a chance.
The women were all laughing and saying "let ...
... I gave it a try.
It was surprisingly good. I had always feared that the beet flavor, which I don’t particularly like, would predominate. But the soup was basically a beef broth with lots of vegetables, beets among them. It was almost like a very mild French onion soup without all the cheese.
The main entrée was a tasty but tough beef stroganoff.
Back on the bus, our guide kept up a continuous ...
... lasted for 90 minutes, and went around and past several of the islands in the river. Gave us a different perspective of the city, and we discovered some sights that we hadn't seen in our few days. We also realised why all the tour boats are so low – the bridges are low! A lot of them open up during the night to allow bigger boats to pass through, which affects the traffic as they stay up for several hours.
Once we got ...
... in the water cooling off on this very hot day. 85 degrees to be exact, with much humidity. Must I mention most places do not have AC here. We enjoyed the sun, while watching some young children making wishes and launching sailboats down the stream. We ended the day on the playground filled with children at 10:30 p.m. 75 degrees. As I fell asleep, fireworks erup White nights you've never felt so ...
... Pushkin, lived and also died after the duel over his wife. It's now a museum which I'm hoping to see before I leave. Pushkin's great grandfather was an African slave who was raised by Tsar Peter the Great, who loved him and was one of his favourites. This is why Pushkin had darker skin than the average Russian as well as dark curly hair.
We then walked along the Moika river until we found the Church of the Spilled Blood. This cathedral is built ...