2nd class cabin
Only got a few hours sleep on the train, the night not getting dark. Watched the forests and Dachas pass by. The conductress was no where to be seen, but she did turn up to sell us coffee 5 minutes to arrival time into Moscow. We were actually met by the guide at the station.She led us to the hotel, the Cosmos which is excellent. It is 25 floors and 1700 rooms. It has gym, nightclub, beauty parlor, and bowling alley. .A pool of course. We are on the top floor and have one of the best views in the hotel.
Got bused around the city by a bus driver who doesn’t concentrate. He was even getting yelled at by the tour guide. Natalyia is not a good as Emma, but she tried hard and is filled with history. She does rush us through places and we drove so fast passed places that there was no hope of a photo.
Glasses on the ST Petersburg Train
We escaped as soon as the bus returned to the city, where someone else got off too. We went to buy stamps for the postcards this taking only 30 minutes. Not the 2 hours it took in St Petersburg. Had coffee with the other australian and then wandered off on the metro. We discoverved some of the famous stations, and David was happy taking pictures. We got caught int he crush of rush hour and the rumours of rush hours here are true. You are so packed in that you know your neighbour intimately. Almost married! It waslike Japan, where people pushed you onto the train.
Being so much farther south that St Petersburg, night here does get dark. AT Midnight the sun went down. BUT at 2200hrs it is as light as late morning. This room has a king sized bed and a TV with three news channels. Life is good.