St Petersburg

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Russian overnight train between Moscow and St Petersburg. What I definitely didn’t expect was a luxurious private cabin! Score! Arriving in St Petersburg after the best night’s sleep I’ve ever had on a train, boat or plane. The walk to our hostel gave us an incredible view […]

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New Year, Red Square

There was a point when I was genuinely concerned that we wouldn’t make it in. The crowd was thick and pushy. There were more Russian military than I ever thought I’d see. They were standing with linked arms blocking every entrance to Red Square. Three rows of them, and a dozen metal detectors stood between […]

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Day Two in Moscow: Serendipity

Our second day in Russia was all about serendipity. After dismally failing to see ice sculptures the night before, I had googled my little heart out and learned about the annual Vyugovey Ice Sculpture Festival, which had apparently opened only two days earlier.Again, we didn’t get ice sculptures. It turns out that not only is […]

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Day One in Moscow

The guy who picked us up at the airport looked like a James Bond villian. This was my first thought after laying eyes on the optimistic looking elephant holding a sign with my name on it. He looked like he could tip over a forklift. The second thought was “I wonder if he has KGB […]

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