Vasilievsky Solo By Sokos Hotel
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... more about Russian's culture. Many Russians have a serious expression on their face but as mentioned earlier, my first contact with the Russian taxi driver already revealed, that they are much more friendlier than they appear on the surface. It took me by surprise when our friend from class, who spent a year in Russia, told me that it might be perceived as arrogant if you laugh. It shows that you feel better than others and that it would be rude. This would explain why an ...
... striking buildings. The Peter and Paul Fortress is also the center of a number of St. Petersburg urban traditions, among them the daily firing of the cannon from the Naryshkin Bastion at noon and the "walruses" who use the beach in front of the fortress to sunbathe and swim in ice-holes in the winter. In the summer, the beach is a popular picnic site and is also used to host a variety of events, festivals and concerts, including the respected Petrojazz annual ...
... of the Kremlin, and ask for the Russian nuclear launch codes. He ended up leaving the bus sitting in the middle of a street, and the concept of leaving the AC running to cool off the bus never crossed his mind. No tip for him either. Before we get off the bus Natasha gives each one of us a wireless headset to listen to her. Seriously? We didn't listen to her when we didn't have something to look at. Now that we have sights ...
... and be processed one by one, no looking happy we must look miserable.
Whilst we are in side our buses is inspected, luckily they did not decide to go through all the bags and we had no dogs put on board either.
Finally we are told to get back on the bus and head to the next checkpoint, here we have another guard enter to check every ones passport has been stamped and then we are free to enter Russia. I am sure that ...
... now 1700hrs and the art museum closes at 1800hrs. As there's no queue and I can just walk in (unlike the 2.5hrs queue for the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam the other week), I pay the fee and blitz it. From my trip in 2004, I remember being shown a porcelain plate with sculptured lizards/mice/some such rodent running around the rim - it was, we were told, unique in that they were actually real animals that had been cast in the porcelain before being fired. ...