Update from St Petersburg with photos!

Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
Trip End Jan 19, 2007

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Sunday, January 22, 2006

(Dave Update)
Enjoyed the last couple of days in St Petes despite the freezing cold.

We are still wearing most of our clothes and its bearabel although yesterday felt like a deep freeze.

Saturday we spent most of the day looking for the next cafe to warm up in - and found out that hot chocolate IS a literal translation.

Also, I've never experienced putting my hand into liquid nitrogen, but I guess that removing gloves to take a few photos by the Neva river is a bit colder - this was about the time we took the photo of the icicles on my face (check out photos!).

The city is beautiful, almost too much to take in in terms of architecture (especially when you can't open your eyes!).

We went to Peter & Paul's Fortress which and saw the sunset and watched people walking onto the frozen river (nutters!).

Last night we have started to learn the Russian alphabet which has helped a lot - at least we can pronounce what we don't understand!

Our homestay with Irina continues to be enjoyable (food is excellent) - narrowly avoided a major international incident when my towel fell off on the way to the shower! It feels a lot more genuine Russian experience than staying in one of the 5* hotels (yes I have to keep telliing Emma that!)

Today is a lot warmer (probably only around -20) - but we've walked a lot around the city at a slightly slower and more absorbent pace!

Tonight we get the train to Moscow which will arrive on Monday morning where
we will spend the next 3 days.
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