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Author - BackPaco

I am a Canadian who just graduated in engineering. My passion is traveling and I am currently exploring north-eastern Europe.

Day 11: Hermitage and partying with the Russians outside Saint-Petersburg

Walking in front of Hermitage the previous day and listening to Marcella talk about it made me realize we absolutely had to go there. The hermitage is similar to the Louvre in its size. Several palaces together, can offer up to two full days of visit – the lady at the information desk told me that there are 24 kilometers to walk if one wants to visit the entire thing...

Day 10: antropology museum, Bunny and military party at St-Petersburg

Marcella didn’t know about walking tours, so we told her to tag along so she could discover how great they are. We ate at the marketplace again that morning; tasty chicken pancakes, mashed potatoes with fruits and some green tea… and Imodium. Once at the walking tour meeting point we waited for a while and no one showed up. We were a disappointed. I wrote to the guy...

Day 9 : Walking around Saint-Petersburg and the museum of Russian history

The marketplace is such a good restaurant we decided to make our way there as soon as we woke up. I received an email telling me there would be no walking tour on this particular day but to go to the meeting point tomorrow. This meant that today was a museum day! While eating we made some researches on what museum we should attend. The Russian history museum seemed...

Day 8 : 30 kilometers of walk around the gardens of Saint-Petersburg

On the previous day I asked the German girl – Marcella – what was her plans for the day. The two of us being solo travelers we decided to go for a big walk around the city – I had many hours to burn before Aleks would arrive in the late afternoon. I wanted to explore a part, which I knew he would not want to see as we had only a few days to visit the city. We...

Day 7: Tallinn to Saint-Petersburg – My first steps in Russia

The clock rang at 5h30 AM, I used an app called Taxify to order our taxi. We made it to the bus station a bit earlier and waited; tired and excited to go to Russia. Our bus arrived and we gave our luggage to the driver, and went to see the woman validating the visas and passports with military precision. I got mine verified, and entered the bus and made it to my seat...

Day 5 and 6 : Tallinn Estonia

I arrived to Tallinn on an amazing ferry from Helsinki which is worth a mention of excellence. That boat had nothing to do with our ferries of North-America or South-America; it could be called a cruise ship. The ride lasted two hours and I took that time to relax, check my budget, write about the previous days and upload some pictures. Going to Tallinn’s old...

Day 4: Vappu and a visit at the market

As I walked around the city in the previous days, I could see that preparations for a festivity were going on. The 30th of april is finland’s biggest carnal-style festival and I was to meet a friend in the late afternoon to celebrate with him – I met the dude in San-Francisco 4 years ago and I did tell him back then that one day I would go and see him in...

Day 3: Visiting Helsinki and making cookies

The previous day Lilia told me to buy a 3 day public transit ticket (it made me save over 50$) and I made a list of the places I wanted to visit the most. I woke up feeling great and somehow immune to jet lag, made myself some eggs (thanks Lilia!) and jumped in a bus towards Seurasaari. Finding my way to Seurasaari was not so easy, and I asked several Fins on the way...

Learning Russian To Travel – Week two

Week one has been really interesting as I managed to learn how the letters are pronounced. During the 2nd week I have kept focusing on Babel and the Beginner’s section has three different level (beginners 1, 2, 3) and each of these levels have 20-30 classes of 15-25 minutes under them. I managed to complete the first level!   So my focus during the week...