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Our kids love to tease us about how organized we are when traveling; one of those good- natured family jokes that benefit from repeat retelling. This trip will be different though as we haven't done much planning at all with the exception of Russia which was required to get a visa. The visa application form was an ordeal and required more than enough info for complete and lifelong identity theft. We were ...
... find any. We ended sharing a sandwich at a cafe just before it closed and I bought lovely Cath some lovely malachite earrings as a remembrance of St Petersburg, the Hermitage and Russia. We stopped on Nevsky Prospekt at a Russian restaurant where I had solyanka, the traditional meat soup and Cath had beef stroganoff. Another aspect of Russia that we were aware of even before we arrived was that it is expensive. Food and accommodation ...
... in the hermitage café. It has set a new benchmark for the trip - now whenever something is expensive, we say "well at least it's not as expensive as ice cream". As a traveller you are ripe for scams, but we are pretty wise to them now.
We saw the original site of St Petersburg at the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the natural history museum. The natural history museum had a huge collection of preserved animals including a woolly mammoth, ...
... don't do wild lawns when there are nice flat paths.
At the end of our guided tour of the fountains etc, we were given 10 minutes (count 'em, TEN) of "free time" to "explore." You can imagine how much exploration can happen in ten minutes. Race rapidly around the block, grab a photo of the Gulf of Finland, back to meeting place. Even despite the rapidity of the personal explorations, we missed the return hydrofoil we had been aiming for and had to wait 20 minutes ...
... at first, offered us lots of rum, which he kept pouring for a few of us. There was hardly any English between us, although I did manage to work out if he was asking me if I was white, which was swiftly followed by the N word. It was all a bit awkward, we were all a bit confused, but luckily our mini bus arrived. First racist experience done! Yay! :( We've now borded the first overnight train heading to Moscow. We tried to squeeze everyone into one cabin for ...