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Saturday, September 20, 1997
Helsinki, Finland to St. Petersburg, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia:
Latitude: 59° 55' 48" North
Longitude: 30° 22' 11" East
Altitude: 173 feet
From Seattle: 6256 miles
Lodging: Hostel - St. Petersburg Hostel International

Today's Travel:
Countries: Finland, Russia
Regions: Helsinki, Leningrad Region
Route: Sibelius (train): Helsinki-St Petersburg, Taxi
Path:Helsinki, Finland - St. Petersburg, Russia
Linear:186 miles
Weather: Sunny

Available Photos:

Street sign sponsered by Coke St. Petersburg, Russia

Church of the Resurrection of Christ Griboedova Canal, St. Petersburg, Russia

Winter Palace and the Alexander Column St. Petersburg, Russia

The Admirality St. Petersburg, Russia

Building facades St. Petersburg, Russia

Ploshchad Vosstania and Neon St. Petersburg, Russia

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 163
Linear Dist: 78347
Countries Visited: 7
Regions Visited: 43
More stats...
Hotels: 30
Friends / Family: 77
Camping: 35
Hostels: 15
Transit: 6
Beers: 564

Journal Entry:
Got up early took the tram to the station to catch the 6:30 train to St Petersburg. Learned an important lesson today, never go somplace completely unprepared. I'd left most of my luggage in Helsinki and only brought what I'd absolutely need for one night. So I didn't bring my guide book, since I'd already read it, and I'd just pick up a local map at the tourist desk. No turist desk. Worse no one in the station speaks English. I managed to change some money, but then realized I had no idea where the hostel was. No address, no phone number. I walked around the neighborhood, unwilling to believe there wasn't tourist info somewhere. Then I tried to get some help from a group of policemen. They tried, but they couldn't speak English either. After almost two hours I was getting a little scared, when I found a scrap of paper with the hostel's phone number in one of my jacket pockets. I bought a phone card, called the hostel, and got the address. Still feeling a little shaken up I decided to go with a taxi rather than risking public transportation. Caught a cab, got to the hostel.

At the hostel I bought Lonely Planet's city guide for St Petersburg. Armed with the book I spent the rest of the afternoon / evening exploring Nevsky Prospect. Didn't really go in anywhere, but went by Kazan Cathedral, the Winter Palace, and the Admirality.

Went out to a small restaurant (maybe 30 x 30 feet), where I was definitely the only foreigner, ahd a a couple beers, read my guide book, and watched th world go by.

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