Divo Ostrov

When I say Saint Petersburg, you think...amusement park! No? Why not? You should. Okay. I won't say that Divo Ostrov is top on the list of places to visit in Saint Petersburg, but if you feel the need for an adrenaline rush, you should check it out. It hits all the theme park cliches that remind you... Continue Reading →

St. P’s Secret Bar

Meet the El Copitas Bar, a Mexican bar in...Russia. Yeah, I know. It doesn't make sense. But hear me out. El Copitas is just the bar you need. Part of the intrigue is the secrecy. You won't ever stumble upon the bar while strolling through the streets of Saint Petersburg. In fact, if you did walk... Continue Reading →

Adventure in the Hermitage

The Hermitage Museum is so large that it would take years to view it in its entirety. There are over 3 million works of art on exhibit, and just imagine how much art is stored away. So obviously I can't show you the entire museum. Instead I wanted to take you along on my journey as... Continue Reading →

Fantasy Novel a Fantasy?

You may recall that I started writing a fantasy novel a long time ago. Well, I'm still writing. Apparently, these books take a lot of time. And Stephen King said any book should take three months or fewer to write. Psh. What a liar! Three months have come and gone, and I'm only halfway done with... Continue Reading →

Week 2 in Frozen Paradise

With another week in St. Petersburg over, I've explored new sights and uncovered some hidden gems you won't find in your travel guides. Let's start off with the Hermitage Museum. Not exactly an original sight to see, but if you haven't been to the Hermitage on your visit to St. Petersburg, well, you're kind of... Continue Reading →

My First Week in St. Petersburg

God, where to begin? This is easily the most stunning city I have seen. As a point of contrast, look at New York City. Some might find this cityscape exciting. I know I did at one point. There's so much texture. Here and there buildings stab into the sky. It's a sensory overload as you... Continue Reading →

I Made it to Russia

Three hours of driving and ten hours of flight later, I have arrived in Saint Petersburg, Russia! No. I didn't take that picture. You think I actually went out on my first day? I'm pooped! Jet lag is a mean-spirited woman that I'd love to take to dinner, only to sneak out the bathroom window... Continue Reading →

Pre-Departure Nerves

Just a day away from starting my journey to the snowy lands of Russia, and I can't help but feel nervous...sad even. I know what a great time I'll have. I'll meet new people who are part of a different culture in a different country, half a world away. What an adventure! Don't worry, I'll show... Continue Reading →

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