Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

Autumn in St Petersburg

After spending five weeks in St Petersburg from mid-September to mid-October, I have a hard time imagining a more beautiful place in the autumn.  Even on the cloudy days, I was a bit enchanted. So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite pictures from autumn in St Petersburg:  

Free Day at the Hermitage

  Traveling on a budget, I am always looking for a deal.   So when I read that the State Hermitage Museum – probably the most famous attraction in St. Petersburg – offers free admission on the first Thursday of each month, I decided to postpone my visit until the first Thursday in October – …

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A Rough Start in Russia

I bit my upper lip and turned my face away from the driver as he announced that we had arrived at the house I would call home for the next month. I didn’t want him to see my disappointment, although when I snuck a glance at his face, I could tell he felt bad for …

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How To Get a Russian Visa

**Note: visa procedures have changed slightly since I wrote the post below. Please scroll to the bottom for information on the current application process for U.S. citizens. I assumed one of the biggest headaches in preparing for my trip would be getting my Russian visa.  I didn’t do myself any favors by trying to obtain …

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