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... amp; starvation etc.
It was nearly as cold as yesterday but we had to walk around the beautiful grounds for 90 mins before it was our turn to go through the Palace, which is, not surprisingly incredibly ornate inside & out. The crowds were massive as usual & we were told that St Petersburg has about 6 million tourists a year on average & sometimes it felt as if they were all there today. The highlight is the famous Amber Room ...
Only on the Babson BRIC program would someone get to experience the teachings of Lenin, a Russian hockey game, and the wisdom from the managing partner of PWC St Petersburg, all within the same week. The past 8 days or so have been busy with a capital B, and have encompassed the wrapping up of our Russia in Modernity class on culture and history, many cultural excursions, and the start of our second Russian BRIC course; Business Environment in Russia.
... to the ship yet another highlight. We drove past Zenit St Petersburg's stadium. As always useful to know where these stadiums are for when Leicester are in the Champions League. Back to the ship for lunch followed by a trip to the bridge where we were shown how the ship works with the radar etc. Anyhow as I write this we are preparing to leave St Petersburg and travel overnight to Tallinn where a full inspection of bed spreads will take ...
... been afraid of”something”.
Although Russia is not the former USSR anymore and has moved to a free market economy plus has democratic elections it does not mean that people necessarily can relax and are free as we are in the west. Again as were in the case in Vietnam, as a traveler you can but see the surface and may only find out what lays below it when you make connection with a local who thrust you. What he was afraid off… ...
... Petersburg celebrated its 300th anniversary. As a result, much of the building and statuary in Peterhof has been restored and new gilt-work abounds.
The "purpose" of Peterhof was as a celebration and claim to access to the Baltic (while simultaneously, Peter the Great was also expanding on the Black Sea littoral). Thus Peterhof commemorates the imperial expansion (and modernization of Russia). Inside the Peterhof there are many paintings of ...