A Sojourner’s Journal: Last Days in Russia

It has been so much fun exploring Russia with Cosmos .

August 6, 2017

Went to an Oceanarium today. Frogs and fishes and sharks, oh my!

August 7, 2017

Went to this huge indoor family climbing area/jungle gym. Things went pretty great till they stopped being great and everything was pain. So I decided to give archery a try. I generally like archery but my hands were still raw from the ropes and this just made it worse.

August 8, 2017

Amusement park today. THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER!!!

Sandwiches were nice. Meat chips were just meh.

August 9, 2017

Went to an aqua park today. Water slides are sweet but a literal pain.

This place has a LOT of different saunas. Tried out the infrared one. Isn’t bad.

August 10, 2017

Back to Africa today and end of travel journal.

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A Sojourner’s Journal: Still Exploring Russia

Still on the Russian experience with Cosmos

 

July 22, 2017

Went out of the city to a flower festival today. It was held at the park of one the old palaces. I forget those palaces though. Lot of squirrels running. Luckily, I remembered an old trick and got them to come really close to me.

It rained quite a bit and, at one point, got so cold that we had a bit of a snow/hail hybrid.

July 24, 2017

Tried Starbuck coffee today. Wasn’t bad but definitely not worth the cost. Had a double cheeseburger at McDonalds, tastes really good but I’ve seen single burgers bigger than that.

Sent entirely too much time/coins on a scissor version of a claw machine. Won zilch.

Found a simulation gun arcade and shot a bunch of western thugs.

 

July 26, 2017

Bought a cup of berries and visited the Summer Garden today. Why are so many statues of bare chested women?

Lunch at KFC.

 

July 28, 2017

Lunch at Rock Pub, excellent cheeseburger. Need remember to write an article about this place. Details:

Instagram: @rockpub_spb

Address: Nevskiy Prospect. House number 38

 

July 30, 2017

Happy Navy Day

That’s a lot of navy/soldiers/I don’t even know.

Ships! So many ships!

Found a place called The Maze of Fear. Got sent in with another lady and a guy. Suddenly it became the maze of humour to me.

Dude in a monster mask jumped out at us. Pretty sure I terrified him when I hugged him and kissed him on the cheek.

A Sojourner’s Journal: Still in Russia

Cosmos continues with her experiences in St. Petersburg, Russia;

July 16, 2017
I went to the St. Basil Cathedral with Nancy today; was somebody compensating for something? Because you could literally fit a giant in here.
Got treated to shawarma afterwards, the garlic sauce worth killing for.

July 19, 2017
Went to this really old bookshop today, place had a marble staircase. Went to the park afterwards and got myself a cup of mulled wine; was good.
On the way back to the apartment, a pair of break dancers performed in the subway car.

July 20, 2017
Wanted to visit someplace called the Chocolate Museum today; turns out it’s just a chocolate shop. Passed a violinist playing a song from Anastasia; wish I could play like that.
Saw an old mosque and had a pretty decent lunch at Burger King.
I am now sick. Literally. I have a cold.

July 21, 2017
Still sick. Still going to the zoo though.
The metro station next to the zoo looks like a spaceship.
Zoo was awesome;
The wolf slept through everyone staring at her.
The lion was posing a like a runway model for a photoshoot (Nancy thinks he was just selecting lunch)
The jaguar and snow leopard could care less.
I saw a sleeping Sam Winchester.
Saw a tiger pace around before he tripped and promptly hid to hide the shame
Owl face. So much owl face.
The python just slept through everything
After the zoo, I let a dude put a snake on my shoulders. It felt like something cool wrapped in cling film and after that another dude put a macaw on my wrist. Bird walked up my arm and on to my shoulders. The claws kinda tickled.

Found a place in a park with a maze and models of famous buildings in the city and historical dudes at a table. This is the tallest I have ever felt.

A Sojourner’s Journal; The Destination – Russia

Cosmos continues with her Russian story;

July 12, 2017 – St. Petersburg

So, I got in last night and proceeded to:
Eat
Shower
Sleep

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.

A Sojourner’s Journal: The Journey to Russia

Our favourite writer / contributor Cosmos visited Russia last year and has decided to share her experience with us.

Here we go;

 

July 8, 2017 – Tema, Ghana

1:15pm: It’s D-day people!!!

Accra

So apparently, I need a transit visa to go through Paris, who knew? But was telling someone that they CANNOT travel really the way to go about this?

 

July 9, 2017 – somewhere in Ghana

3:29pm: Well Air France didn’t pan out but at least Turkish Airlines has got my back.

 

July 10, 2017 – Kotoka International Airport, Ghana

YES! Finally! I finally checked in. Now to kill 3 hours till take off…

 

July 11, 2017 – Istanbul, Turkey

Turkish airlines is pretty awesome. You know I never seem to be able to sleep on flights but watching the sunrise over the Mediterranean was definitely worth it. The sea looked like a grey desert and when the plane tilled it really felt as if the wing would skim the sand.

 

Cosmos out

A Sojourner Journal: Cosmos Visits Russia

Our favourite writer / contributor Cosmos visited Russia last year and decided to write down her day to day activity to share with us all.

For the rest of the month, we will be sharing with you Cosmos’s Russian story.

These stories will be divided into parts – showcasing her day to day activity in Russia, her thoughts, her views and experiences.

We hope you enjoy reading as much as she enjoyed writing.

Be Bold for Change – IWD 2017

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” – Albert Einstein

International Women’s Year ( IWY ) was the name given to 1975 by the United Nations. Since that year March 8 has been celebrated as International Women’s Day. This day celebrates the achievements of women around the world while promoting gender equality. This celebration comes with an accompanying theme and for the year 2017, the theme is “Be Bold For Change”. As today is IWD and I am a travelblogger, I will be sharing travel quotes by women and hope this will ginger more women to not only travel but also to pursue their dreams.

Here we go;

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.” – Agnes Repplier

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”- Anais Nin

“If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.” – Angelina Jolie

“Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.” – Barbara De Angelis

“I wondered why it was that places are so much lovelier when one is alone.”- Daphne du Maurier

“I didn’t know where I was going until I got there.” – Cheryl Strayed

“To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.” – Ella Maillart

“Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest.” – Freya Stark

“Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – Freya Stark

“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

“Traveling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like breathing.”- Gayle Foreman

“Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time.” – Hannah Arendt

“Adventure should be part of everyone’s life. It is the whole difference between being fully alive and just existing.” – Holly Morris

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” – Isabelle Eberhardt

“Traveling solo does not always mean you’re alone. Most often, you meet marvelous people along the way and make connections that last a lifetime.” – Jacqueline Boone

“Travel is as much a passion as ambition or love.” – Letitia Elizabeth Landon

“Travel opens your mind as few other things do. It is its own form of hypnotism, and I am forever under its spell.” – Libba Bray

“Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.”- Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

“It is in all of us to defy expectations, to go into the world and to be brave, and to want, to need, to hunger for adventures. To embrace the chance and risk so that we may breathe and know what it is to be free.” – Mae Chevrette

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Mary Ritter Beard

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” – Maya Angelou

“An adventure may be worn as a muddy spot or it may be worn as a proud insignia. It is the woman wearing it who makes it the one thing or the other.” – Norma Shearer

“To me, travel is more valuable than any stupid piece of bling money can buy.” – Raquel Cepeda

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro

“When you’re traveling with someone else, you share each discovery, but when you are alone, you have to carry each experience with you like a secret, something you have to write on your heart, because there’s no other way to preserve it.” – Shauna Niequist

“The more I travelled the more I realised that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends” – Shirley MacLaine

“You must go on adventures to find out where you belong.” – Sue Fitzmaurice

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.” – Virginia Woolf

I hope these quotes will get you off your oars to go see the world.

Happy Women’s Day to all women out there. You’re awesome! You keep our world in balance! Thank you!