Находка Closed?!

Monday, September 22, 2008

It’s been a few days. Friday I spent most of the day sleeping and that seemed to prevent me from actually getting sick. While I was pretty sure I was headed down hill, the day of sleep left me feeling completely fine. Saturday we visit Петропавловская Крепость (Peter and Paul Fortress). The fortress was built on a small island in the middle of the Neva. It was apparently a very strategic spot to protect the city. We took a short tour of the fortress and then visited a museum on the history of St. Petersburg and visited the oldest mint in Russia. We also walked down to the river and walked along the outside of the wall. We ate in a small café there. After that we walked to the St. Petersburg Mosque. I don’t know much about it but I do know that at the time it was built it was the largest mosque in Europe. I don't know if that has changed since then.
Peter & Paul Fortress
Where the last royal family is buried (including Anastasia)

the 'beach'

the Mosque
Sunday we got to sleep in! It was nice. I finished a book in the morning and then Betsey and I took a trip down to McDonald's to upload some pictures. We split up after that, her to wait in line to get some food to go, and I to go down to the store to get a few things. It was very nice to be walking around by myself. I don't mind company but it was nice to not have to worry about losing anyone in the city.

Church on Spilt Blood
Today was a beautiful day! The sun was shining. We saw a thermometer that said 20 degrees Celsius… I think that was a little high but it definitely was warm out. After class we tried going to Nahodka but it was closed!? Nahodka is a 24 hour market and the thought of it being closed is just insane. Kori and I walked down to Paterson's after that. It seems like we make a trip to the store everyday. I need to start planning better. After that we decided to go down town to visit the Church on Spilled Blood. It is called that because this is where Alexander II was fatally wounded in 1881. It only cost 100 rubles with our student cards for entrance and photos. The inside was amazing. Everything was done in mosaic with huge depictions of the last supper and various other Bible related scenes. After that we went to a little outdoor market were everything was ridiculously over priced. Because it was 6pm and the Nevsky Prospect station would be insane, we decided to stop at The Other Side. The Other Side is an American run café/bar thing. There used to be another one, City Bar, but apparently that closed two weeks before we got here… figures. I just got a hot chocolate and some bruchetta. It wasn't bad but I had a bite or two with so much garlic that I honestly almost started crying… it physically hurt me to eat it. I can still taste it now after chewing gum, eating various other foods, and brushing my teeth. I don’t know if I will be able to go to sleep if it doesn't go away.

Overall, today was a great day. It was nice to have some good weather and to get to walk around the city a bit more than usual. I think we're going to try to visit some of the other big places in the city every once in a while just to make sure we see everything. Apparently my teacher is in the hospital so I'm not entirely sure when my history classes are going to be continued…

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