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!