I went out last night until 5:30 with four girls from the hostel, 2 Russian, 2 French. We had a great time stolling around, watched the bridges go up on the Neva and went to a hole in the wall bar call Dacha. Alot of fun but it did cause a rather late start for today = 1:30.
I was able to get my visa registered at another hostel for free, instead of 1000 R (50 CDN) at the travel agency. This hostel was luxurious compaired to this place (Sh__ Hole). Half the rooms, double the showers. There are 2 showers for 40 beds here! AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
My first mission for the day was the find the "Caution, artillery falls on this side of the street sign" on Nevsky Prospect. It was surprisingly easy because the UN Extraction specialist told me where to look.... a good thing because Nevsky is a long street.
I walked to Victory Park today, it took about 1 1/2 hours and I was treated to some of the sights of real St-Pete's = i.e., the non-downtown area. People were actually helpfull!
The park was a bit of a let down. There were only a few statues. Victory Park in Moscow was a massive memorial to WWII. Victory Park in St-Pete's is actually a wonderfull city park full of people, a very lively place... mostly filled with NOVICE inline skaters. There were only 2 statues and 1 small stone with a WWII inscription.
I was treated to the most absurd scene of the trip so far in Victory Park. The main walkway down the centre of the Park is about 12 metres wide. A person was standing in the middle of the pathway and was shooting arrows... across the path to a target about 6-7 metre beyond the edge of the paved path, with a dirt walkway as a backstop! This is a very busy area. To make things worse, he would invite passersby to try and hit the target. These people were clueless and totally focused on the target = unaware of the rollerbladers that were crossing between the archers and their target.... and for some reason, the rollerbladers' were not on the lookout for the impromptu archery range. ... Go figure! There were a few close calls but no one got shot!
I am looking forward to heading to Volgograd. I think I have had enough of St-Pete's. If Volgorad is a big improvement, I may alter my plan again and head of the the boonies, like Lake Bakail.... too much big city is starting to have a bad effect.
Tomorrow the Hermitage!
Happiness and Joy