August 13 - Travel to St. Petersburg
Lyuda picks us up to bring us to the airport
Russia has a tradition for everyone to sit down together for a minute before a trip
We sit and she prays, which makes me cry
Say bye to Lyuda and Anya at the airport
Plane to Moscow and St. Petersburg
No water fountains anywhere.
No seats by the gate
Priority Pass is expired.
Trying to piece together a trip of my dreams in St Petersburg, but beginning to make peace with not getting that this time.
Taxi to Airbnb. Our listing exceeds all my expectations.
Chug tap water
Find out you’re not supposed to drink tap water in St. Petersburg
Hungry, but mom wants to wait for Roma
Walk to Alexander’s Garden
Confused by subway ticketing system we buy 3 90 minute passes but on the same subway card. Turns out you can’t use the same card within 20 minutes. Mom talks her way in.
We find out that you can just use Apple Pay/card with chip to get on subway
Back to our Airbnb and the restaurant in our courtyard
Our table only has 3 chars. There’s a couple at the table next to ours that has an extra chair. We ask to use it. The lady says, “Better if you ask the staff for another one. My bag is on this one.”
Roma is really picky about food — did he change or did I forget?
Mom and I end up eating most of everything we order. It’s really good, or I’m really hungry.
Frustrated about our plans
I want to sightsee, but mom made loose plans with an old friend
Which is worse than firm plans
We finally book a lame 2.5 hour Airbnb Experience
I figure out my COVID testing strategy for upcoming flight back to US
Bed is so comfy.