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A city to impress

Saint Petersburg, Russia


SP is a beautiful city built to impress… and it really does with its magnificent palaces, churches, fortresses, opening bridges… and overall that air of being more of a cultural capital. Peter the Great and those Tzars who followed him definitely did a great job. Visited lots of places but the two main highlights were the Hermitage Museum and the Petrodvorets or the summer palace which had some of the most amazing fountains I have ever seen in our lives (really good example of what is possible when you are aiming to overcome what other nations had developed).

Russia was the first place we we certainly felt a language barrier, older people speak no english and there is definitely a sense of frustration with people that speak no Russian whatsoever (like us). Staying with Faina, an AIESEC Alumni who was an amazing host even though we had not met before, made a big difference. Most tourism seems to be from other parts of the country or from the old soviet block. Backpackers are rare and guided tours seem to be more popular.

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SP is una cuidad muy bonita construida para impresionar... y de verdad que lo hace con sus magnificos palacios, iglesias, fortalezas y puentes que se abren y sobretodo tiene ese aire de ser la capital cultural. Pedro el Grande y y los Tzars que lo siguieron definitivamente hicieron un gran trabajo. Vistamos muchios lugares pero los dos que nos gustaron mas fueron el Museo de Hermitage y Petrodvorets (o Palacio de Verano) que tenia una de las fuentes mas increibles que hayamos vistro en nuestras vidas (un muy buen ejemplo de lo que es posible cuando se trata de superar lo que otras naciones de la epoca habian logrado).

Rusia fue el primer pais donde nos encontramos con una barrera de lenguaje, las gente mas vieja no habla ingles y hay un sentimiento de frustracion con turistas como nosotros que no hablan palabra de ruso. El quedarnos con Faina, una alumni de AIESEC que fue una excelente anfitriona aunque nos nos conosiamos desde antes, hizo una gran diferencia. La mayoria de los turistas parecen ser de otras partes de Rusia o de paises del bloque sovietico. Los 'mochileros' no son muy comunes y los tours parecen ser mas populares.






permalink written by  patryandjose on August 9, 2009 from Saint Petersburg, Russia
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