Stony Island Hotel
Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... in India, Beijing to Shanghai in China, and Belgrade, Serbia to Budapest, Hungary were not that great. The one in India was primitive and downright awful. This one, though, was by far the most comfortable. My roommate, Charlie, and I lucked out, too. We got upgraded to first class in car #3 when the rest of our Semester at Sea group were in cars 8, 9 and 11. What we had that everyone else did not have was our own private bathroom complete with shower, a tray full of fresh fruit ...
... later one won the argument and I was on the train bound for Vilnius via Belarus. Neither of them can speak English, so I had no idea what was going on, they just showed me to my seat and that was that. I can honestly say I was **** scared at this point because I knew I was going somewhere I shouldn't be and was rather stupidly hoping that they would just let me through and everything will be ok. So I went to sleep and hoped for the ...
... an English speakers club that Elena invited me to. Got talking to Mary-Ann from the Netherlands, Yulia from Murmansk, two Italian guys here for work and Sergei, a Russian who lived in the UK for 10 years so he spoke English with a mixed Russian-English accent. It was lots of fun, but the rule was no speaking in Russian so I didn't get a chance to practice my Russian on them. Ah well.
Got back to the hostel at around 11 or so. Got to see Nevskii Prospekt all lit up at night, ...
... TV and radio); but, feel more freedom as each year
passes. They do respect Putin; but, do not take him very seriously.
People we talked with are impressed that the US elected a black
President as they were well-versed in our segregationist past. But,
they do view him as just another politician.
Day two in St. Petersburg was another
busy day starting with a boat ride through the canals (St. Petersburg
claims a nickname as “Venice of the ...
No long epistle today. This city is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to and has a beauty hard to describe- so I wont...
As they say the picture(s) tell the story. I will write some comments in the captions though.
Tomorrow its goodbye to Russia and I will be going to Estonia.