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Let’s go to St Peterburg !

I have always been fascinated by Russia, especially by the Tsarist period. It is the biggest country in the world, linking Asia to Europe. Therefore, it was impossible for me not to go in Russia.

Before crossing the border, I had to make a special visa allowing me to enter in the country. The visa is made in three weeks by the Russian embassy and costs 65€ (for only four days, quite expensive). Nevertheless, I was happy to get this original visa in my passport! J

Thus, wednesday, October 5th, I participated in a tour organized by the ESN. We took the bus for the Russian federation. None of us had been in Russia and we were impatient to discover this new territory. Fortunately, Tallinn is not far from St Petersburg (less than 400 kilometers).

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However, we did know that crossing the border won’t be easy. Once arrived at the Russian border (in Narva), two different border agents checked our visa and passport in the bus. Then, we all had to get off the bus and go the post control. The post control is an unpleasant place where two women check one by one our identity. Then, once going back in the bus one other border agent checked our passport. A truth obstacle course…

After this voyage of six hours, we finally arrived in Saint Petersburg in the evening. Even if it was not very comfortable, our youth hostel was very well placed, at the heart of the city center. Despite the long ride and the beginning of the visit early in the next morning, we wanted to make our own discovery of the city. 

This first night walk was very beautiful and surprising. We didn’t know the city but we just stroll down the magical streets of Saint Petersburg. The city was completely lighted and made up of a multitude of small canals from the Neva River. We came upon the Winter Palace, one of the most famous museums in the world (a place that we’ll visit a few days later) and the Savior on the blood church. The districts were very different so that Saint Petersburg seemed to be a bubbling and quiet city at the same time.  An amazing memory…

In a second paper, I will explain my other unforgettable experiences in this wonderful city.

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