23 Aug 2011 (Day 23)
Met up with Ardi at 9:45am to see Lenin's Mausoleum. It opens at 10am so I thought that we were early. I was wrong! The queue was already very long when we got there and we had to queue for 1 and a half hour just to see the embalmed body of Lenin! Not sure if it was really worth the wait to see the Mummy of Lenin but I guessed I learned my lesson. Must be really early for such popular attractions.
The next must-go destination in the Capital of the Russian Federation is the Kremlin. So I paid 350 Rubles to enter. Wanted to go to the Armory to see the Diamonds but the timing wasn't right. I guess I'll do it next time.
(Entrance to the Kremlin)
After spending about 2-3hours in the Kremlin, Ardi and I parted ways. I want to go back to my hostel to rest for a while and to catch up on my blogging. I had a train to catch to St Petersburg that night.
As I walked back to my hostel, I bought a super-delicious Hot Dog from a Kiosk. I saw many locals queuing up for it and I simply followed. Really great Hot Dog! Then I stumbled upon Tretyakov Drive again. The same place I stumbled upon the previous night and bought the cars, remember?
(Tretyakov Drive-One of the World's most expensive street)
(One of the Metro Stations)
24 Aug 2011 (Day 24)
6:15am. Arrived in MY CITY, St Petersburg!!!
Walked to my Hostel in less than 10 minutes! What a contrast to Moscow! St Petersburg is the second largest city in the former Soviet Union and has a lot more to offer than its capital. Many people I met told me that they preferred St Petersburg than Moscow. Me too! Of course, it is MY CITY!
For one, more people speak English here. Second, the Metro is a whole lot easier to understand and use. Third, the Metro has signs in English! (As well as most part of the city.) So, navigating around the city is not a problem at all. Easy peesy...
(Moskoysky Vokzal Railway Station)
I walked down Nevsky Prospekt, the main Avenue of St Petersburg and one of the Most Famous Streets in Russia. It is the city's main artery and cuts through the historical center of the city.
I walked all the way from my Hostel to the Neva River along Nevsky Preospekt. I think I took 3 hours? Of course I went to malls, took pictures along the way and ate lunch. But it is really a long street. Then I walked back. Took 1 hour.
(Alexander Column. In front of Hermitage Museum)
(Neva River. Peter & Paul Fortress at the background)
Was sorting out my videos and photos in my Hostel. Then finally, my professional camera crew arrived! My camera crew consists a total of......................1 person.
Anyway, went to have dinner at a self-service restaurant that was recommended by the receptionist in my Hostel. Food was good and cheap! 2 minutes walk from my hostel!
After walking for more than 4 hours, MY LIFE WAS NEVER, EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE................EEEE.............................EEVER, THE SAME, AGAIN!!!