Finally we had all sun and clear skies for the last 2 days. The internet in St Petersburg had been spotty at best and I could only get the wifi signal if I stood at the room door! Anyway, after a 4 hour 5 minute train journey back to Moscow from Petersburg we had a Thai dinner before checking in and posting this. There is a story behind this, but this will have to be the subject of a separate post.
A quick reflection of our past 7 days:
- Russians are not unfriendly as we thought. We had great conversations with many everyday people.
- The rouble’s depreciation has taken its toll on the locals. Incomes stagnated but proces had risen. Not nice.
- The economic sanctions did not seem to have reduced availability of luxury items. Still see many luxury German cars, the wine and cheese remains available…
- Sights here and in St Petersburg remains as jammed pack as before. OMG, if you could only see and feel the crowds like we did…
So life goes on here despite what the media out there paints for us. You’ve gotta come see it for yourself. The country is not as draconian as we imagined it to be. Certainly no goose stepping soldiers all around! In fact, we hardly saw police presence at all throughout the journey. Perhaps they are all in plainclothes.
There are so many stories to tell! Our journalog and country will surely come up in a few weeks’ time.
Soon, we will be taking the flight home. Then it will be a lot of work to prepare for the next trip. San Francisco, here we come!