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Trip Start Dec 01, 2009
13Trip End Jan 12, 2010
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Night life is impressive. Old Town isn't just a tourist trap during for day trippers, you actually get a small amount of through trafic from the rest of the town, and it's full of bars and clubs and restaurants (though all tastefully done to not detract from it's oldy worldy charm). The hotel I stayed in had a medieval dining room (I mean, yes it was medieval themed, but it also happened to be a medieval building) which was spectacular.
I caught a bus to Riga the next day (super deluxe Eurolines that even had a glassed off business class section that had table and extra legroom, not that cattle, where I was wasn't room enough - the seats reclined fully, you could seperate the two chairs by a couple of inches if you happened to be sitting next to a fuller figured individual, and theere was a hot drinks machine that actually produced decent coffee), and as the welcome video rolled around to it's english language version I was stunned to hear that each seat had a power point for the recharging of mobile phones or for the use of laptops, and that the bus also had free wireless internet. It was a 4 1/2 hour bus ride and the ticket cost me $27. It appears Murrays just isn't even trying.
The Estonian country side is really quite pretty too. Well, covered in three feet of snow it is. Can't vouch for what's underneath.
Was feeling a bit unwell at this point so went straight from Riga back to St Pete's on the overnight train. The train hit the border at about 1am and we were all woken up for about half an hour as the border guards did there thing. At one point the guard exmining my passport called for a colleague and handed my passport to her. I was worried until I saw her shifting it around in the light and her face light up; she was only interested in the hologram.
Christmas is St Pete's was indeed white. When I got back the snow, which had been a bit half hearted up until then, had covered everything in the week I'd been gone. It bucketed down and as such it's a bit difficult to get around now. I ended up going to a Bach concert at Smolniy Cathedral on Christmas night, followed by a sumptuous meal at a French restaurant (complete with rude and arrogant head waiter).
I've lost internet access at home though as my laptop has died. Blue screen of death time. So no more pics unfortunately, at least, not until I get home.
Still a bit under the weather so not sure what's going to happen for new years. I've been invited to a friends, but their house is out in the suburbs and not sure I'm up to it. Like to see what the city does, and I'd like to be close to home just in case.