Suomi: A new experience.

Friday, November 25, 2005


Written by Schö

Last week we had the big opportunity to explore the people, culture and party life of Moscow and St.Petersburg. It was a mixture between heavy sightseeing and party excesses. The trip was organized by Zerkalo (a travel agency organizing trips to Russia) and we went there together with approximately fifty other Erasmus students. We crossed the border without any problems in a Russian night train and arrived in Moscow Tuesday morning. The first great experience followed immediately: We took the metro of Moscow during the morning rush-hour. After a short walking (crossing the Red Square, Kremlin and Saint Basil's Cathedral, we checked in in our hotel which is one of the biggest in Russia and which is located very central, next to the Kremlin. However, Putin don’t like the view from the Kremlin because the hotel is not a masterpiece of architecture – so it want be there next year.

Some funny experiences: Russians talk to you in Russian and they don’t care if you can understand them or not. It is strictly forbidden to pee in the streets, but they don’t care about air pollution (the whole city smells like an old gas station).

Saint Basil's Cathedral (left to right: Gossi(CH), Fenix(HK), Schö, Christiane(CH), Wallace, Lucas(FR), Karina(AT), Romain(FR))

The price level in Moscow and St. Petersburg is nearly the same as in European cities, but we had always in our mind that it is cheap because that was what we expected of Russia. That resulted in a rapid decrease of our roubles.

Going out in Russia is much fun – Russian girls like European guys. ^^

In St. Petersburg we took an old “black taxi” (unofficial taxi). The “car” (car is too favourable for that vehicle) was meant for a maximum of five people – we were seven…

But that’s enough for now, just look at the pictures!

Gossi started an attack. We are in front of just another church.

In the Rossija Hotel*** ( row l to r: Karina, Christiane, Gossi,Wallace
2nd row l to r: Lucas, Fenix
3rd row l to r: Romain, Chinese girl :) )

Going out in Moscow (or Las Vegas??) (l to r: Schö, Romain, Wallace, Fenix)

On the bridge over the Moscow River.
(l to r: Christiane, Schö, Romain, Lucas, Fenix, Wallace, Gossi)

Wallace in front of the "Tsar bell" - the biggest bell of the world.
It weights about 202 ton and is 6,14 meter high.

Evening rush hour in Moscow.
(View from the Moscow Bridge)

The Rossija Hotel is one of the world largest hotels, registered in the Guinness Book of Records. It is like a visit card or the face of Moscow. The Rossija hotel has 3100 rooms for 5500 guests.
We were some of them.

Brands help you to learn the Russian alphabet.

A black taxi (just a private car).

I made this picture inside the Hermitage Museum. You can see the Winter Palace of St. Petersburg. The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the largest, oldest and most important art galleries in the world.

You should be able to read it!

State Historical Museum, as seen from Red Square.

The first snow this winter in St. Petersburg.

Our guide Jukka (in the middle with the long blond hair). He was never alone (his bottle of alcohol was normaly in his right hand).


  • Wo woatsn ihr, wo's gleich teuer war wie in anderen europäischen Städten? Also i hab damals ned viel Geld braucht...

    By Anonymous gue, at 2:55 PM  

  • Zum Großteil wars eh unsere eigene schuld, wir habn uns ein paarmal ziemlich abzocken lassen.
    Z.B.: Essen gehen in einem Selbstbedienungsrestaurant mit Bedienung (also hinzeigen und dann bekommt mans aufs Teller). Dort waren Preise angeschrieben, aber keine Portionspreise sondern pro 100 gramm. Da hab ich dann für ein bisschen lasagne, salat und ein kleines getränk ca. 14 euro zahlt....
    In den Einkaufszentren haben wir ein paarmal gschaut was die Dinge so kosten: ich habe keine unterschiede feststellen können..., nur der mäcci war definitiv um ca. 40% billiger. Mache Restaurants waren auch billiger, hat man aber suchen müssen. Meine Erfahrungen in dieser Hinsicht beruhen hauptsächlich auf Moskau, in St. Petersburg bin ich nicht so oft essen gegangen.

    By Blogger Schö, at 4:41 PM  

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