Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge
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We're in Russia!! Hurrah!! I was a little nervous on the train from Helsinki, just because you never know what might happen. This wasn't helped by the Finnish passport control man flicking through Matt's passport several times saying he couldn't find Matt's entry stamp into Europe. "It's not here" he insisted, "It is there" Matt and I insisted, "I've seen it, can I have the passport and I'll find it". Finally he gave us the passport and I found it ...
... is a right character. The rest of the group seem cool too, most people are doing a similar sort of world/year long trip as me & more than half have also just left or quit jobs too. Vlad took us out for a drink, an intro talk & to book tickets for the russian ballet tomorrow night. Then to a nice restaurant for tea & left us (all 15) to get to know each other. We are; Me, Mario (Swiss), Sebastian (Aussie), Georgia (Kiwi), Regina (Austrian), ...
... Petersburg after dark and made the mistake of taking the metro to our hotel RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF RUSH HOUR! And it was packed! I mean there wasn't one single inch of free space on the trains. I felt like a sardine!
We finally made it to our hotel which is located right in the center of the city. And with 3 full days of great sightseeing ahead we just decided to enjoy a good meal and get some sleep....
... some small portions but at a reasonable price, then we went to a supermarket before heading back to our hostel. It seems that Russian fast food stores all operated in this way. You walk in, grab a plate, point to whatever food you want and they will be charged separately. They tend to specify the weight of food (in grams/ml, sometimes adjust according with a balance) you should expect for that price. So we managed to survive the trip without starving to death. It ...
... a carriage with a lady called Lena and her son Nikita who put the size of Russia into perspective. The ticket inspector worried us as he insisted on taking our tickets (the whole books of tickets, all the way to Beijing) to the conductor, we worried if we would see them again, fortunately they came back!
See you from Moscow!