Hangover Central

Trip Start Jul 18, 2006
Trip End Jul 17, 2007

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Apologies in advance for poorness of this entry but really can't think straight! Hostel is good, have met loads of cool people. Stayed in and sampled the vodka the first night we were there, have managed to get it down to 2 pound a bottle now! Yesterday we went for a wander and went to a monastery (don't photograph the monks) which was nice, there were people inside kissing all manner of religious pictures, so herpes must be pretty rife round there. While Aaron was putting on the bottom of his trousers (no shorts in the monastery) he put the guidebook down and someone pilfered it (what are the odds - an English thief!) so we ended up getting completely lost and walking for about two-three hours down the Russian equivelant of the M1, we even ran some of the way as we were so bored of the scenery! That pretty much put a downer on any other activities so we went back to the hostel. Also, for lunch, we had a lovely Chinese - there was spam in the Singapore noodles - 'nuff said. Went out to a nightclub near the hostel last night with three Dutch guys who live in the Million Dollar Camper (like the website but less successful) and three Americans. Was a bit of a dive - looked like the set from the film hostel and the bin-liner windows outside made it really appealing but the atmosphere was great and after several one pound beers who cared! There was also a live band with an accordian? Everything here has a bizarre twist. Spent most of this morning moving between the bed and the crapper (curse you Chinese dog food) and had to tidy our stuff, every time we stop so far it's like our stuff explodes everywhere, Aaron's bag seems to be getting heavier while Beth's like 'my bag is so nice and light tra la la.' After we packed we went to the Hermitage, the biggest museum in the world, with 3 hours to do it in. We saw Madonna with child by Da Vinci but to be honest the whole experience was a bit wasted on us as we were hung over, the crowds were unbelievable, it was roasting and Beth was trying to sit down at every opportunity! After that we went for a little boat ride. Was really nice to sit and see things go by but have to say sitting by the megaphone for an hour while a woman talks constanly in Russian took the romance away a bit, but full credit to her, anyone that talks for an hour solid without stopping gains our full respect! Anyhow, time to hang around until our sleeper train leaves for Moscow at 12am. All in all St Petersburg has been good but we think the people we've met have made rather than the city itself. Next up - Moscow!!
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