St Petersburg and the spring thaw...

Saint Petersburg Travel Blog

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So we found ourselves in Russia!!! We rolled into the main station round 6am, got off the bus and were completely lost!!! I have to say we were completely baffled as we were completely unprepared for the Russian written language! Trying to even understand what station we were at took about an hour as our map was written the way that the words are spoken so there was nothing to match up! We managed to get a bit of guidance from a guard at the station then we thought we were on our way. We made our way down the longest escalator in the world (well thats what we thought at then) down to the metro only to find that there was no way we were going to squeeze into the already exploding with people carridges!!! We sat in amazement for about an hour at the amount of people coming and going from that one station, till we spotted the one compartment we just might have a chance in. We walked to the end and managed to just squeeze on. yay! We made our way to our station stop then got on another humungous escalator all the way back up again back into fresh cold freezing air. The hostel was an easy find, and luckily we were able to access our room even though it was early. And it was a private double. wooooooooo!

  We went out walking round town for a few hours, as we were pretty central we had access to basically everything. The streets were full of slushy brown snow, and fluffy brown people. Fluffy people as in totally adorned in Fur hats, jackets and even boots! We obviously dont agree with that but if I had been living there all my life I would probably be doing exactly the same. So we walked along the main street- Nevsky Prospect - and made our way to the town square where they had an awesome Carved Ice display...a house and a elephant slippery slide that the kids were all having a great time on. Bec- you would have loved it!!! Good fun. We stopped by the supermarket, got some cheeeaaaap vodka then went home for a few quite ones...

  We woke up the next day to falling snow outside. I just love it!! Once in it, its so ticklish on your face, so funny! Johnny and I did some more exploring, stopping at an strange but interesting naval museum on the waterfront which contained the most impressive model ships we have ever seen. But the best thing we saw was a restored ship in one of St Petersburgs canals that has been turned into a fitness centre!! Was a classic!!! Strange though...

  Our next mission was trying to buy our first train ticket. We were just managing to get by without knowing any russian, but we needed to be specific with this as we wanted to go to Moscow....not elsewhere!! After writing down what we needed, we found a cheery lady (always good) at one of the ticket desks who seemed to understand what we wrote. After issuing them she asked in sign if she could keep our note....okay then!! So back to the hostel, we had a few more vodkas with a couple of other girls staying there then headed to the station (just a bit dizzy!) and found our beds in no time. Man, were we impressed! We thought we must have been in 1st class, it was sooooooooooooooo nice. We were sharing our cabin with only one other person, a friendly and bubbly business man named Vladimir. He was great fun and made the trip a great laugh!

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