The First Night in St Petersburg

We arrived in St Petersburg at around 6pm. We then went through passport control, where the airport staff looked particularly frightening.  Then we quickly found our bags – although it did involve a brief dash across the airport in snow boots when I saw our bag from a few hundred meters away! We then debated whether or not to get a taxi to our hotel (the easy option) or try and find our way there using public transport.

We opted to try public transport.


St Petersberg

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Travelling with a Control Freak

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Travelling with a control freak is, I imagine, really difficult and perhaps not that much fun.  I wouldn’t know.  Probably because in a travelling duo, I am the control freak.

With the exception of the Russia debacle, I am relentlessly organised before a trip.  Every destination is thoroughly researched.  Every journey is googled using a number of booking websites, stop overs and airlines.  Travel forums are inundated with my questions.  And while all of these things are immensely time-consuming, I really enjoy the researching and organising stage.  So, at this point, any travelling companion of mine can consider themselves pretty lucky.  I will happily provide them with all the information on the chosen destination, including a thorough break down of costs.

So what about the actually travelling, you know, that bit between leaving home and returning?  That’s perhaps where being a control freak is a less beneficial characteristic.

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Getting Ready For Russia

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In about ten days, I will be arriving in St Petersburg.  I absolutely cannot wait.

About six months ago, we started discussing a weekend break.  We talked about Bruges and Paris.  We considered somewhere sunny.  Then, having never considered Russia before, we began to think about visiting St Petersburg.

We researched flights and hotels, and eventually, a few hours later, settled on a British Airways deal.

I thought that, for once, it might be fun to just pick a country, a city, a hotel and then book it.  As a massive control freak, it was a fairly novel experience.

Unfortunately, the lack of organisation raised a few challenges.  A visa being one of them.  Not only is the visa itself £50, but there is an additional admin charge of almost £30.  I couldn’t believe that I was being charged an administration fee for something that is basically administration itself.  But, once you’ve booked flights and a hotel, you really have no choice but to sort out a visa.  So, now we have a flights, a hotel and two visa and I’m hoping that my better-late-than-never research has pre-empted any other problems. But you can never be too sure!

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