Russia

All information pertaining to my Russian travels.

June 9 – Saint Petersburg Welcomes Me!

June 9, 2017   After the events of a very long day of traveling, culminating in the Couchsurfing meeting which was also a blast – but late evening, I decided to start my first full day in Saint Petersburg off great. I slept in! Honestly though, it’s a great way to help combat fatigue and jet lag during traveling so I did not mind. However, by 2 pm I finally decided to get up and get my butt moving. I made tentative plans with another Couchsurfer to meet up later for dinner, and then decided to head out and just explore the city center. I hopped a bus, after figuring out which one, and got off at the main plaza in front of the Winter …

Saint Petersburg via Moscow – Another Day of Transit!

  Landed without issue… though getting through passport control took a while due to lines and that our flight landed just as another from India. Eventually, I made my way successfully through customs and picked up my onward ticket from the desk agent. I had to go through security again – but was expecting that. There weren’t any signs and I didn’t see anyone else removing their laptops… so I didn’t – and got yelled for not doing so. They made me turn both my laptop and my iPad on before being approved through – but thankfully there were no further hassles! We didn’t start boarding till after the time we were supposed to depart, but no one else seemed phased by this. Unfortunately, I was …