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  • 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
  • Scenes from Victory DayAh...Victory Day. In Russia, there is no holiday of greater importance. Here's how it went down for me: Morning: stand on curb for 90 minutes, waiting for a parade. Watch a crush of people come towards a barricade...carrying Communist flags and Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 11, 2015
  • Let Us Remember...All those who sacrificed their lives in the war...with these missile launchers! Or this! Does anyone have a small village they want crushed? [img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/736274/May Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 7, 2015
  • My Russian MomentEXT. ST PETERSBURG SUBURBS. So, I find myself in the middle of nowhere, St Petersburg. Technically I'm in the suburbs, at the end-of-the-line metro station. It's really not a pretty place: [i Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 3, 2015
  • It's Springtime In Russia...You Know What That Means...BRING OUT THE FAKE FLOWERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 3, 2015
  • People Get Ready......there's a tank (several of them, I think) a comin'... May 9th is Victory Day in Russia. It is the day they celebrate their victory over the Germans during WWII. Simply put, I have never seen a more hyped, more enthused Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 1, 2015
  • Big Bertha & MoskvitchThe central armed forces museum has displays about the Russian / Sovjet army and the wars the army was in (the war in Ukraine was not in there). Of course also various objects are on display, some of them would Posted by boeien in 3 months in Eastern Europe | Apr 27, 2015
  • The Hermitage BelowSo...below the Hermitage, in amongst the pipes and cords and dust and debris...live the Patron Saints of the Hermitage: cats. Cats have existed underneath the Hermitage since the Catherine the Great days. They help control the rat population (!). [img= Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Apr 27, 2015
  • Drink the vodka!As expected I would run into problems with not drinking alcohol in Russia. Last Wednesday was the first time. :( I met up with a german guy to exchange our travel plans. Unfortunately, compared to him, I am really prepared, so Posted by boeien in 3 months in Eastern Europe | Apr 26, 2015
  • Everything is for sale in Russia - even next to the KremlinEverything is for sale in Russia. A prime example follows below (picture taken just next to the Kremlin). It actually also shows they are repairing the street lights and planting flowers - hence the awkward looking lamppost. [img=http://photos.travellers Posted by boeien in 3 months in Eastern Europe | Apr 22, 2015
  • Red and Green in PermPerm, December 25th - 27th 2014 Touring the city of Perm on one's own ought to be very convenient... if, there weren't snow. Just follow either [[http://lines.perm.ru/RedLine.html|the Red Line]] or [[http://lines.perm.ru/GreenLine.html|the Green Line]] Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Apr 21, 2015
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