Subject: St. Petersburg, Russia
Hi Tom, I havenīt done it myself, but I have friends who have travelled to Saint Petersburg by land and by sea. A group of my friends went to a wedding in Estonia last August. They wanted to travel to Saint Petersburg and they had a lot of problems to get the visa at the russian embassy in Madrid. Basically, the same thing that happened to Joan. At the end they managed to get the visas, mostly because they had already booked a hotel in Saint Petersburg. They travelled by bus (long journey), but they had a great time. The other story is a bit old. One of my friends, who was working at the beginning of the 90īs at the spanish embassy in Stockholm, went to Saint Petersburg on a 5 days ferry trip, in the middle of the winter. This must have been 1995 or 1996. They could get a room at a hotel in Saint Petersburg or stay in the ferry, and they took this last option. She said that it was absolutely great, and they really enjoy it, so it could be an option for you. In this case, I might be a bit afraid of all the Swedes trying to drink as much cheap booze as they can, than of possible problems in Saint Petersburg :)) Ah, they didnīt have problems with the visas because everything was done by the travel agency. Good luck, and tell us all about, Covadonga in Bilbao (Spain)