Saint Petersburg, Russia

A car crash is descriptive of what happened to my B2Evolution blog.

The original blog I set up was using B2Evolution. It crashed, and burned, so transferred the entire blog to my site. Consequently, the dates at bottom are all wrong; am replicating the proper date, at top. Added new photos.

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The first entry is a bit … boring. Photos progress one in. Frankly, re-writing it improves it. Put in a few photos, not in the original.

The Russian Cyrillic Alphabet. As there is more than one Slavic language, there is more than one Cyrillic alphabet, so I stress this is the *Russian* Cyrillic alphabet

In college, took nearly three years of Russian. This was greatly helpful, and to me, reading Cyrillic is like reading the English alphabet. Any trained monkey can learn to read Cyrillic. Like Roman, it’s just an alphabet.



Japanese hirgana characters, a syllabary. 平假名清音一覽. A syllabary, not an alphabet

While living in Japan, learned to read hiragana. While have since forgotten most, it’s just a syllabary, with zero ties to Roman or Greek. Russian Cyrillic has 33 characters, is frankly easier, with the А, К, М, О, and Т near carbon-copies of Roman characters, and the Е is at least close, in pronunciation. And a few, at least Г, Д, Л, П, and Ф pulled direct or almost direct from Greek. In high school, had a copy of the New Century Dictionary, who gave Greek roots in Greek, almost learned to read Greek.


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Should you go to Russia, learn to read Cyrillic. There are no excuses not to.

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Saint Petersburg, Russia. Built along the Neva River, on land, Peter the Great won, from the Swedes. Town has quite a history.


Flew to Washington Dulles, to Zürich, Switzerland, then on Swissair, to Saint Petersburg.


Saint Petersburg. July 6th, 2009

Piggy-backing on someone’s wireless network. Unable to say much, but in Saint Petersburg. Fascinating place. Landed, July 4th.

A note I wrote, probably July 5, 2009, though about July 4, 2009, a few links filled in:

Landing, getting through customs was easy. Stamped my passport, easy. Scans my large bag, completely ignoring the small one I was carrying.

In Pulkovo I wandered a bit, landing at the main downstairs place, a jet-lagged zombie. I couldn’t find anyplace to change money – only place was closed, a sign on the window. Should have read “Welcome to Russia.” Didn’t know how I was getting to my homestay; hated doing it, but shelled for a taxi there.

The taxi driver was pointing out various things, oh, a memorial to WW II, a statue Dmitri Mendeleev (there’s a big name in science, and Russian), whatever. At the address, I finally met the woman with whom I’m staying, Larissa. I pictured a little old lady – maybe memories of that flat in Krakow, Poland. In her middle years, Larisa is a quite attractive strawberry blonde. She showed me a few things, took me to change some money, and to a close restaurant.  I had borsch. Felt I should.

A photo of Larisa Sakova, a resident of Saint Petersburg, Russia

Was an unholy zombie with lost sleep. Tried to read a bit, but major tired. Later crashed.

Larisa speaks almost no English, so have to communicate with her in Russian. She made me breakfast, part of the deal. We talked, often in my less-than-perfect Russian.

                                 .                                         Лариса Сакова, Larisa Sackova 

                                                                       Санкт-Петербург, Saint Petersburg

Larisa was about the last photo I took, in Saint Petersburg, and, had seconds left, before grabbing a taxi. Many more are coming.

My Russian isn’t so hot, but to communicate with her, Russian was the only choice; she also studied German, but ich spreche nicht. She lives on Grazhdanskaya, quite near Fontanka, a branch of the Neva.

Landed July 4th, White Nights, right after summer solstice, and Saint Petersburg didn’t appear to get dark. Finally, I pulled the drapes. Saint Petersburg is at about 59 degrees north, about the same latitude as where Alaska’s Ice Bay pours into the Pacific; the ghost town of Katalla is a bit north, Yakutat a bit south.

But a few “before I left” photos, taken in Denver:

My tickets, Denver to Zurich to Saint Petersburg, Russia

Tickets: Denver — Washington Dulles, Washington Dulles — Zurich, Switzerland, Zurich — Sant Petersburg.

My flight out of Denver

My flight.

Where Saint Petersburg is, up the Gulf of Finland:

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