Saint Petersburg

Trip Start Jun 02, 2008
Trip End Jul 10, 2008

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Saint Petersburg International Hostel

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Officially in Russia now. Was a bit late leaving Tallinn, and arrived in Saint Petersburg at 7pm last night. The Russian border was rather easy to cross, much simpler then I expected. They looked at my passport, stamped it, and waved me through, without a single question. I had a lot more difficulty with crossing the American border on my flight over then I had with the Russian border.

Rode the metro, got lost for a bit finding my hostel, but eventually got checked in and settled down. I spent the evening wandering Nevsky Prospekt, and reading signs. Learning cyrillic was definitley a good idea. I got lost enough as it is, and if I hadn't been able to read through street signs it would have been a nightmare. Saint Petersburg is huge, and capitalism in Russia is very noticable here. The main retail streets have shops from every major designer label or manufacturer that you could possibly think of. A far cry from the empty shelves&shops of the late eighties.

Today is going to be spent at the Hermitage & Palace. I've met up with a group of Russian language students on tour from Minnesota, and i'm joining them to explore the city today.

Prices here range from incredibly expensive to dirt cheap. I bought two half litre bottles of Baltika beer, a bag of chips, pack of cigarettes, and 1L bottle of drinking water from a random variety kiosk, for 108 rubles. About $4 Canadian.

The water here isn't safe to drink, so drinking water bottles are essential.
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