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Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood. Photo by thisisbossi

Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood. Photo by thisisbossi

White Night in St Petersburg (10 PM). Photo by Becky Sullivan.

I’M SO EXCITED.

 

Yup. Last year my choir SMU Chamber Choir went to Sopot, Poland to participate in a choir competition. (I know, I haven’t churned out the blogposts! Please search for my photo albums on facebook)

This year we decided to go even further : St Petersburg, Russia! This time to participate in Festa Musicale. Last year we had a choir from the Philippines as our “fellow Asians” but this year I heard that the choir will be the only choir from Asia. That’s gonna be cool 😛

 

Photo by neiljs

Photo by neiljs

Yes. Russia. The land of onion domes and vodka. And matryoshka. And blini. And so many others.

 

It’s not exactly a tourist destination, especially when their visa requirements are quite strict and tight (btw I got my visa for free, courtesy of the embassy. How nice!). But every stories I read just made me even more eager to see this very country. Mystic, magical, that’s how I picture it in my mind. Let’s see whether my prediction is correct.

Now before going, I have to pack (a lot of things), and later have to endure a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong flight. Okay so I depart from Singapore, 13-hour flight to Amsterdam, 6-hour long transit in Schiphol, and then another 3-hour flight to St Petersburg (and who knows how long will the bus ride to our place be).

 

Nevsky Prospekt at night, photo by Geir Halvorsen

Nevsky Prospekt at night, photo by Geir Halvorsen

We’ll be staying near Nevsky Prospekt, a big road in St Petersburg which I found out to be the St Petersburg’s Orchard Road. Since it’s June and it’s Summer, St Petersburg will experience what they call “White Nights”. Simply saying, there will be no night! The sun sets very late (as late as 11 PM) and rises very early (as early as 4.30 PM) and in between there’ll be no darkness. It’ll be very beautiful!

 

Ok I’m off to packing (and this year I’m not bringing my huge suitcase – no thanks). I leave you with beautiful pictures from St Petersburg I found on Flickr. Thanks to all the photographers! Awesome works 🙂

 

White Night in St Petersburg. Photo by Becky Sullivan

White Night in St Petersburg. Photo by Becky Sullivan

 

White Night in St Petersburg (10 PM). Photo by Becky Sullivan.

White Night in St Petersburg (10 PM). Photo by Becky Sullivan.

 

Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood. Photo by chillihead.

Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood. Photo by chillihead.

 

Church of St John Baptist at Chesme Palace. Photo by Dystopos.

Church of St John Baptist at Chesme Palace. Photo by Dystopos.

 

Peter the Greats Winter Palace. Photo by Edwin Land.

Peter the Great's Winter Palace. Photo by Edwin Land.


3 Responses to “Off to land of onion domes and vodka”

  1. 1 zao AUSTRALIA Mac OS X Safari 530.5

    i’ll be waiting for your blogpost & photos.. (and souvenir of course XD hahaha)

  2. 2 SeanNY SWITZERLAND Windows XP Internet Explorer 6.0

    Have a great trip! This is the best time of the year to visit St. Petersburg.

    Thanks for using my picture of the Winter Palace.

    Sean (aka Edwin)

  3. 3 Sylvia Giacinta AUSTRALIA Mac OS X Safari 534.52.7

    Hi Edwin (Sean), sorry for the very late reply. THanks for letting me using your picture. The trip was really great, I felt really lucky to have got the opportunity.

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