Subject: Re: Baltic Region
Hi Delores, Thanks for your input !! I've got the 'procedure' under control. I'm making my St.Petersburg hotel reservation at the RYH (thanks to a recommendation from Ziner Chris Tubutis\\CO) and they will send me an 'invitation.' I've downloaded the Russian Tourist Visa questionaire so I know what to expect there, including the $70 fee and their procedure. Getting 2 passport type pictures is easy, fast and cheap. But they require 3 of the same pic ! The very first thing I'm going to do in Helsinki is to get my train ticket and reservation so I can get into and out of Russia. Also looking at Finnish and Russian travel agencies for help there. Wish I could include Moscow. But, there will always be another trip. Just doing the Baltics this time. I have to smile at the thought of staying at the RYH, Russian Youth Hostel. I could be as old as the combined ages of my roommates !! Doesn't faze me a bit !! Besides, I've been to 20 European countries and can tell them a thing or two..........

Don in Seattle