July 12, 2017 – St. Petersburg
So, I got in last night and proceeded to:
First day here: Well first thing is we took the subway into town. One thing I noticed about the city centre is that the entire place follows a pastel colour pattern; ivory, peach, pale green, you name it.
Then we went to the Kazanskiy Sobor which is this huge old cathedral/museum. And I mean huge.
After that we took a tour bus around the city, it was pretty fun, the tour guide said that if you spent 1 minute looking at each painting in the Winter Palace/Hermitage Museum it would take you about 60 years to go through all of them.
July 14, 2017
I went to the Hermitage today! But first I had to wait in line for a very long time in the blithering cold but I still got in and it was worth the wait.
Cool fact: kids under 18 and students (if you have proof) are allowed in for free. Still have to pay if you want to go on a tour though.
I know I wrote a piece once where I stated that I would never get tired of being surrounded by luxury; well that isn’t true anymore. I mean really? The Malachite Room alone…
There were also special exhibits on the top floor from other countries. Although my favourite parts, were the really old pieces and by old, I mean stone age and iron age. Primarily the weapons.
July 15, 2017
Turns out that here you have to pay for plastic bags when you shop, which is a great idea. I mean, if you pay for it then you’re going to keep and reuse it instead of just tossing it.
Went to an ice-ring today and proceeded to epically fail and nearly break my arm on the wall. I was later informed that I should have rented skates for boys which are much easier to balance on for first time users. When I told NJ about my arm, she laughed at my pain. I need new friends.
I found a shop that has knifes. And crossbows. I wanted one. My wallet said no.