1 Nov

The Princess Maria


The Customs Building in St. Petersburg


St. Petersburg

This past weekend, I went on a short trip to St. Petersburg. I took a boat called “The Princess Maria” with over one-hundred other international students studying in Helsinki and Tampere with the Timetravels Tour Guide Company (Aikamatkat Oy). Each day we toured the city in smaller groups accompanied by Russian guides. Over the next week, I’ll be updating my blog with pictures from this incredible trip!


My Russian Guide was Nikolai who told us that KGB stands for "Kindness, Generosity, Beauty."


Today, they are over five million people living in St. Petersburg–that’s equal to Finland’s entire population! The city was founded by the Russian Tsar Peter I in 1703 where the Neva River meets the Baltic Sea. It is sometimes called “The Venice of the North,” a title that alludes to the many canals and waterways throughout St. Petersburg. Much of the architecture in St. Petersburg is in the Neoclassical and Baroque style, unlike most of Russia.


The Cruiser Aurora fired the shot that started the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.



Opposite the Cruiser Aurora is the Nakhimov Navy School.


One Response to “Russia!”

  1. nichole November 2, 2010 at 3:17 am #

    Great pictures! Can’t wait to hear more about Mother Russia.

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