Category Archives: Russia

When in St. Petersburg, do as the Russians do. I was there with a big group of international Erasmus students and we opted for a traditional Russian night in a restaurant. There were exchange students that came from all over Finland and not just the uni where I was staying at that time. I barely knew the other students from my uni and this night mostly reminds me of how awkward I can be. Above the door hung some Russian dolls and the inside was also over the top Russian, like a true tourist experience. Of course the food tonight would give us an impression of Russian cuisine and a big part of that was a toast with vodka. There seemed to be a toast for everything and whenever someone made up a toast, you had to drink. Not being a big drinker at all, and not a fan of plain vodka, I didn’t feel comfortable…

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Just outside St. Petersburg, past the industrial area, lies Pushkin where the Catherine palace is. As soon as I got off the bus people were trying to sell me things, but there was no time for that. A tour of the palace was waiting. The front of the palace had a big façade that made me want to twist my head around and stare at it in amazement. Inside the building you had to wear slippers on top of your shoes to protect the floors. A staircase led the tour to a beautiful white hall. There was a big barometer, unfortunately not in working order. The whole place was decorated with sculptures. The first actual room was as big as a ballroom. The side had huge windows so that the whole room danced in sunlight. Gold seemed to be the popular choice of the era since the walls were covered…

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