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Alert: Everything is spelled phonetically as I have NO IDEA how to read Russian.
So I must confess, Russia is a bit terrifying. Our guide is a very interesting person. I think that she is actually KGB and wants to kill us. But you know, whatever. Honestly it's just a bit of a culture shock, as Russians seem to be much more serious and curt than Americans. But still, a bit terrifying.
Regardless of our guide, we still ...
... be a world power in so many areas. It is a romantic yet tragic history. Murder, secret plots, infidelity, vision of
Russian future , social revolution, war and industrial revolution are all a
part of this fascination and important part of Russian history.
Natalia dropped us off at a restaurant she had researched. The menu was in Russian and English. The waitresses told her yes, they do speak
English. We quickly found out that ...
... time. Yet again sheer opulence including a private theatre and the private rooms where an exhibition of waxworks show the killing of Rasputin.
Our last stop is St Isaac's Cathedral a vast church that can hold well over 10,000 worshippers. The mosaics and paintings on the Iconostasis are again amazing and minds reeling we head back to the ship in plenty of time for sail away.
Julia has been an amazing guide one of the best we have ever had.
... and I will leave it at that....They had folk dances and musicians on the boat and gave us two shows and then incorporated us into the dance and music. After the cruise, WenWen and I walked to the supermarket next to the hotel and bought dinner. We just had sandwiches and chipy things (more like stale thick pretzels) Then bed.......
Sunday was a long day on the bus again. We stopped at a beautiful church on the way. They were having their morning service so ...
... in the next couple of days.
I have to tell a story about the Faberge store. My roommate, Alana, is very friendly and met one of the locals at the store. He asked where we were staying and out of need for friendly conversation she told him where our hotel was. This is a mistake I don't think she will make again. Later that night, when we were asleep, one of our tour mates came to our room saying Alana had a guest downstairs. It was the guy from the store. Needless to ...