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  • Russia: Final Thoughts Part IRussia is a complete contradiction. On the one hand, they have iphones and tablets and very modern subway ticketing systems. On the other hand, they still seem to do things the old-fashioned way - there is no such thing as Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 28, 2015
  • Moscow the GrandWhile St Petersburg is a graceful ballerina, Moscow is a burly construction worker with no neck. This city of almost 12 million people hurls along at breakneck speed, carrying all its Soviet History with it. While Peter the Great made it Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 26, 2015
  • Living with the FearWhat is the most difficult part of living in Russia? Living with FEAR. Now, I'm not speaking of the fear you might fall on your face and be impaled by a metal rod sticking straight out of the street. Or the Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 25, 2015
  • Yeeha! Good Morning, Yeka!Yekaterinburg, December 29th 2014 "Eleven o'clock?? Since this is a private tour anyway, can't we start earlier so I can have more time to take pictures?" "Okay. Ten o'clock then." "At ten??" Then she preached me about how weather is in winter Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 25, 2015
  • Gbye SPB!After three long and very cold, rainy months, it's time to say goodbye to St Petersburg! Things I will not miss about St Petersburg: the weather. The dust. The smoke-filled sidewalks. The completely inefficient way decisions are made (or not made, Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 24, 2015
  • Hermitage 101: Final MusingsHere is what I don't like about the Hermitage: These people are all "in line" (if that's possible) to see ONE picture. They probably don't even know what the picture is called or who painted i Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 23, 2015
  • Hello and Good Night to YekaterinburgYekaterinburg, December 28th 2014 I stepped off the train and paused. Are you kidding me? The platform was in complete opposite to Perm's just this morning. Am I still in Russia? The m Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 23, 2015
  • Hermitage 101: Jupiter HallBear with me, just a few more Hermitage blogs to go! First we have this dude (Jupiter) in the Jupiter Hall - from the 1st century: The large Italian Skylight Room: [img=http://photos.trav Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 23, 2015
  • Flipping Pictures on the WindowFrom Perm to Yekaterinburg, December 28th 2014 One of my favorite scenes on winter is the glow of sunshine on pristine snow. So I pushed away the beautifully set curtains on the window of my dining cart. If only I could push Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 21, 2015
  • Rolling to YekaterinburgFrom Perm to Yekaterinburg, December 28th 2014 It looks like snow has done a good job carpeting the ground with immaculate white. [img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/250384/large Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 21, 2015
  • Congratulations with the metro: 80 years!The Russian metro is great (quick, beautiful, cheap) and 80 years old already. This week I found out something pretty clever: when you are going towards the centre, a man announces the stations and when you leave the center it's Posted by boeien in 3 months in Eastern Europe | May 21, 2015
  • My Hostel, the Plus and MinusPerm, December 25 - 28th 2014 I know I have said this. I consider lavishing budget on stary hotels a foolish way of traveling. Even if I'm a millionaire, I would better spend that extra portion on exploring more places. (I'm Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 20, 2015
  • Blue, Green, Red, and a Little RomancePerm, December 26-27th 2014 Yuhuuu, its blue! Seemingly well taken Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 20, 2015
  • A Drop of Golden SunPerm, December 25-28th 2014 On the morning I had to leave Perm, I gazed my vision through my hostel's window. Far back there, is not an ocean, but a river. It's [[http://en.wikipedia.o Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 18, 2015
  • Many Walks to RememberPerm, December 25-28th 2014 Originally I had planned to visit Kungur Ice Cave. Unfortunately, my travel agent in Yekaterinburg informed me that there were no tours available on my desired dates. They didn't have to tell me that it is not Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 18, 2015
  • Go Canada Go!Are you enjoying the gold medal game between Canada and Russia as much as I am?????? Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 17, 2015
  • Hermitage 101: Jordan Staircase and MoreWhoops, been a little neglectful on the Hermitage photos. I was able to go around and take some snaps (unfortunately I couldn't avoid the tourists). This one is what everyone comes to see: the Jordan Staircase. It was named this Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 17, 2015
  • Now for the TummyPerm, December 25-27th 2014 In [[http://callmesonja.travellerspoint.com/162/|A Feast for the Eyes]], I've mentioned this bar, you remember? That was one thing about food. I didn't try, Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 17, 2015
  • A Feast for the EyesPerm, December 26-27th 2014 [i]why would we stand by a crossroad and miss an episode? come! it's russia! why would we ignore the time that flies and not make a feast for our eyes Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 16, 2015
  • Elektrichka to Sergiev Posad (i abratna)An elektrichka is something like the dutch "stoptrein", but with seats which are even harsher than in the metro. They are mainly used by commuters and are slow but cheap. As I need to Posted by boeien in 3 months in Eastern Europe | May 16, 2015
  • A Mosque and a Church in PermPerm, December 26-27th 2014 It was coincidence. I was checking the route from my hostel to Kama River through Google Maps when my eyes dropped on an icon marked as "Perm Mosque". Hah. For me, it was intriguing. You guess Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 15, 2015
  • Strike a PoseWhen Russian women take photos they POSE for their photos, complete with hair flip and sometimes a flamingo-raised leg. I have no commentary. I've been told it's just a cultural thing. [img= Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 15, 2015
  • Did You Know?about St. Petersburg/Russia: 1. There is no word in Russian for "mullet." Russians just call this a "haircut." 2. Western chains in St. Petersburg include Starbucks, Burger King, McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut and Subway. 3. There is no Mr. Clean Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 13, 2015
  • Scenes from a TrainI'm hitting the final week and half in St. Petersburg, so the blogs will be coming fast and furious... On my weekly excursions out of town, I get to see the "real" Russia. These photos are unfortunately taken from the train Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 13, 2015
  • My New Favourite Placein all of Russia. Oh sure, sure, the centre of the city has Peter the Great and Catherine the Great and that Lenin fellow, but really: this place is awesome!!! It's called Grandmaket and it's basically a miniaturized representation of the Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 11, 2015
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