Two Days in Russia
Trip Start Jan 11, 2007
94Trip End Jan 15, 2010
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It is difficult to encapsulate this trip into just a few sentences. The city seemed so complex. Modern and 21st century, yet evidence of the Communist era and even the 18th century was everywhere. There were luxurious palaces of the Russian Czars and crumbling buildings that were once beautiful palaces along the Neva river, but now stood empty and awaited restoration. As we drove through neighborhoods near the port, some poor and middle class neighborhoods looked similar to other neighborhoods you find in America cities
I saw billboards with American, Chinese, and European advertisements and movie posters, along with shiny new manufacturing facilities. There were old subway cars and trams moving through the "sleeping areas" as our tour guide Alexandra called them. We could see row after row of what looked like grey or beige Communist-era apartment buildings: no embellishment, no architectural mouldings or any detail to make them visually appealing. They were functional spaces meant for sleeping.
St. Petersberg was a fascinating place to visit and I would love to see Russia again...