Anyway, this post will serve as a kind of summary for lazy but well-meaning people.
Cool things I did in St Petersburg:
Walked across a BIG frozen pond
Went to the banya, NAKED, and got whipped with veniki (birch branches). No photographic proof, I'm afraid.
|Russian Venus - Boris Kustodiev|
Met Russia's biggest Beatles fan, Kol'ya Vasin, in the Temple of Peace, Love and Music.
Went to the Hermitage a few times.
|Japanese goldfish bowl|
Caught and ate Fred the fish, like a good bloodthirsty pescatarian.
Saw these tributes to Ekaterina II (no donkeys here)
Got a rose from a drunk stranger
Went to see the rising of the bridges
Saw a Chekhov play (The Cherry Orchard/Вишневый Сад)
Complied with all the best Petersburg superstitions
|Cat statues on Malaya Sadovaya (Vasilisa)|
|The Hare Escaping Flooding|
Saw Finland (possibly? Yeahh)
Made some great (little) friends
Saw some, quite frankly, odd things.
|Now that's a toilet! (Made from carrots)|
Experienced winter (and the casual threat of near-death) like never before
Tried new food
|Buckwheat & Tofu and Pumpkin curry|
|Okay maybe not all the time|
Drank a LOT of tea (even by my builders' brew standards)
Trekked off in the snow to see the wacky art in Erarta
Learnt to ceremoniously serve tea the Chinese way
Found these greats of Russian literature
|Mayor Kovalev's Nose|
And the greats of Russia in general
|The Bronze Horseman (Peter)|
|The Eternal Flame|
|Peter the Great|
Saw Petersburg at its worst.
And at its beautiful best
Appreciated Russia's past
And guessed at its future.
|Looking onto oligarch complex from Church annexe|
Otherwise, I'll see you chumps in Valencia!