Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... met the other twenty three English speaking people on board and also met our guide, Olga who was a lovely young girl who spoke four different languages. The passengers on the Lev Tolstoy were divided into four groups our English speaking group, plus a Russian group, a Spanish group and a French group. Each group had their own guide to explain in their own language what we were seeing when on tour.
When we boarded the boat we were given a table number for ...
... away without the help of a couple of tugs.
We went up to the Glentanar restaurant at our usual time of 6.15pm and, from our table by the window, we could see two Russian tugs, once at each end, going full steam ahead to try to pull the Black Watch clear of the dockside. Slowly, slowly she came round, moving almost imperceptibly at times. But ...
... think about their country and their life. Tom is open-minded and he felt sorry and worried about the country. Russia is a country heavily relying on natural resources and people here are not hard-working. Many young people get drunk, sell drugs, hang around without finding a proper job. The proportion between women to men is around 5 to 1, especially in the older generation, only because many men die of alcohol. Terrifying!
... shakes the pavement. At full height,
Illumined by the pale moonlight,
With arm out flung, behind him riding
See, the bronze horseman comes, bestriding
The charger, clanging in his flight.
All night the madman flees; no matter
Where he may wander at his will,
******* his track with heavy clatter
There the bronze horseman gallops still…”
(The entire poem: http://web.ku.edu/~russcult/culture/han ...
... the train.
5AM arrival, it's ******* cold. Eventually found the street that I needed to walk down to get to the hostel, at first it was a guess, until I realized all I needed to do was stand next to a coffee shop, use their wifi, and open google maps. This was after being bombarded by taxi drivers, 'Taxi?' 'Taxi?' 'Taxi?' 'Taxi?' 'Taxi?' 'Taxi?' 'Taxi?' 'Taxi?' 'Nyet!' Finally got into the hostel, I wasn't sure which floor, but when I heard ...