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On the bucket list Sara and I wrote out, there is one place I was particularly excited to visit: The Street Art Museum.  Sara and I had previously failed to visit as we sat on a bus on a sunny Wednesday and checked the address on the website.  It turns out that the museum is only open Fri-Sun.  This ultimately resulted in us spending another hour to get back into the city center because we had no clue where we were.

Regardless, we were dead set on returning.  We arrived on a sunny Friday afternoon, and it turned out that admission is free until 6 p.m every Friday (woohoo!).  Though this was a small victory, it also turns out that the majority of the territory is only available to be viewed on guided tours only given on Saturdays and Sundays.  Still, without the tour, we had a great time!  It was a nice way to kill a few hours and spend some time in the sun!!! Here are some photos from the excursion 🙂

This was one of my favorites, it reads, “I lost my memory.”< in big letters. “I can’t remember what happened tomorrow.” <in small letters


This one reads : you can never go back


The rest are photos of the exhibits!


  
  
  
  

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My roommate and I decided to make the most of the first sunny day in St. Petersburg and head to the botanical garden. I am not much of a walker, but Sara convinced me that the weather was nice enough to walk the 3 miles to the garden. On our way, we found a tiny church that we’d never seen open and had a look around. Pictures were not allowed inside, but the photo below shows the outside of the church. 

 
When we arrived at the garden, we were told that tours were sold out, but that we could buy a general admission ticket. Wandering around, we soon realized why the tours were sold out. The grounds were pretty, but the weather in Petersburg has been cold. This means that almost nothing grew in the short time it has been summer here. A “peony garden” was a grass field, and the rose garden had seen better days. We still had a nice time roaming around and enjoying the sunshine. We ended the day eating dinner at a vegetarian restaurant and walking another 2 miles home. 

Here are some photos of the day! 

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

I promised two blogs a month! As April looms closer (it might as well already be April), here is post number two!

I went to Moscow a couple of weeks ago.  I wasn’t going to go because I thought it was a bit expensive and was worried about finishing a paper due on the 27th.  The paper is now completed and turned in, and it was not so expensive after all! I traveled there on a night train that takes about 8ish hours to get to Moscow from St. Petersburg.  Below you can see my nice little cot, kinda like sleeping in a coffin.  It actually ended up being the best sleep I had in a few weeks.

coffin bed

coffin bed

After arriving around 9 am, I went to the metro station closest to the hotel I was staying at with my friend Chris for the weekend.  The one way I can describe Chris is probably a soul friend.  I have also made up this word.  It is similar to a soul mate in that it is someone you probably are meant to be with, but different in that it is not someone you’re supposed to marry. Chris and I had never met until this weekend.  He lived in the apartment the semester before I lived in it during my study abroad.  We bonded over the fact that we lived with an incredibly insane cat and an absolutely wonderful host mom.  My host mom is actually the one that convinced me to go to Moscow.  In her words, “when else would a friend be visiting for a week.”  She was right, and I am happy I took her advice.

Soul friends

Soul friends

Chris and I spent the weekend visiting all the typical sites such as Red Square, and the Novodivichi (sp?) monastery.  The monastery had a freak fire the day before we visited, so I have attached a picture of the damage.  We also visited the cemetery located on the grounds where Tchaikovskiy and Yeltsin are buried.  Bulgakov is also buried there, but we realized this upon a google search we conducted after being there.  We also were able to see the bridge where Boris Nemtsov was shot.  For those of you who do not know Nemtsov just do a quick google search on him, and you can find out more about who he was.  Overall the trip was absolutely wonderful.  I had such a great time (Thank you again, Chris!!!!) Attached there are lots of photos for your viewing pleasure!! Also, I took a Sapsan train back to Petersburg.  This is a fast train that takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes to arrive to Petersburg.  It is a wonderful invention and definitely a nice way to come back after a long weekend.

Love you all!

Chilling with Lenin

Chilling with Lenin

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Red square at 2 am

Red square at 2 am

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Yeltsin's grave

Yeltsin’s grave

Tchaikovskiy's grave

Tchaikovskiy’s grave

Lenin's Library

Lenin’s Library

Monastery

Monastery

The damage done to one of the kupols at the Monastery

The damage done to one of the kupols at the Monastery

Man with a cool shirt

Man with a cool shirt

Metro station that looks like the Soviet star from above

Metro station that looks like the Soviet star from above

can't get the image to turn, selfies at the Kremlin

can’t get the image to turn,
selfies at the Kremlin

P.S. you can click on the photos to enlarge them!

While I may have not hit all the major points in St. Petersburg, I did get to see the winter palace! It is incredibly huge. I felt like I had been transported into the first scene of Anastasia where all of the carriages arrive gliding on snow to the gates of the winter palace. Granted my entrance may not have been as graceful seeing how I almost slipped on black ice multiple times, it was still enchanting. How many beautiful furs women in Russia own is one of the first things I have noticed. I can’t even count how many coats I have looked at already in hope of one day owning it. They truly are fabulous. On another note I reek of smoke because Russia is the number one smoking capital of the world. That is to say the rate of cigarettes per person is the highest in Russia, unsurprisingly Ukraine comes in at a close second. Otherwise I am suffering from severe jet lag. Sleeping at 1:30 and waking up at 4:30 is no fun. Off to meet my host family 🙂
I’ll attempt adding photos later