There are several navy cadet academies here in St. Petersburg so all these budding sailors roam free around the city in their spare time. They’re mostly from other parts of Russia and they all go here to study. Look at who I met yesterday.
After almost two days of traveling, I’m back in my adopted motherland, Russia.
To those of you who are new to my site, I started my blog in 2004 because I went to Russia for a vacation.
I know I went to Moscow November last year for the Cycles and Seasons event but this time, I’m in beautiful St. Petersburg for Aurora Fashion Week. It’s my second time herein SPB… can you believe it’s been what, six years since I last went here?
Some of you knew I got ripped off by a unscrupulous merchant in Singapore earlier this month but you know what, I’ve decided I love my new camera. I *LOVE* the zoom feature.
How many times have you spotted another airplane on the horizon while you’re midair? In my case, not that often… but on this trip, I’ve spotted two planes. Here’s one of them. Is it a bird? Is it superman?
Now I’ve stayed at many airport hotels but nothing beats Yotel in Amsterdam Schiphol. I had a very long layover and because I didn’t have a Schengen visa, I couldn’t get out of the airport. So for 76 euros, I got myself a room to bunk in after the fourteen hour flight from Manila instead of wandering around Schiphol for the next sixteen hours.
After sitting behind two geriatrics AND beside a mother and evil spawn satan child who simply could not contain himself thirty four thousand feet up in the air for the duration of our hellish fourteen hour flight, I'm glad to say I finally made it in Amsterdam.
(Airport is empty because I took this photo at 3-something AM!)
For a stopover. I have another flight in…. nine hours!
PS. I didn't get all the hoolabahoola about Avatar last year but omg I cried… as in FULL-ON WATERWORKS!!
It doesn’t matter whether I’m staying for a night or a week but I love hotels. I often find them inspiring. I’m usually a big fan of boutique hotels because each property has its own unique style and character unlike massive, multinational hotel chains where they have a cookie-cutter approach. However, it’s also nice to stay at ultra luxxe traditional hotels, like the amazing St. Regis in Singapore for instance. All my whims and desires were catered for during my stay. The level of service and their standards are very high.
And this, my friends, is my first ever article published in a magazine in the United States of Barack Obama.
Paper recently invited me to contribute a travel story for their Winter 2009-2010 issue. My Editor took notice how I always make a pit stop at some North American airport hub like Minneapolis or Detroit during my trips to New York (you can blame Northwest or Delta for that for not having direct flights from Manila to JFK) this year. I thought it would be fun to write about my first time in Michigan last October.
It’s funny how my feelings about Detroit (or any American city really other that EN-WHY-SEE) have changed from the time I wrote the article to the present. I went back to Michigan ten days ago for an overnight stay and now I feel like it was the biggest mistake I’ve committed this year. As for Travis, the guy I wrote about on my article, well, I didn’t see him this time around… I went to see somebody else who I met on my last day in Detroit back in October. Arghhhh it’s all too complicated. Oh well. You live and you learn. I guess that’s what happens when you live in the fast lane. In any case, I’ll spare you from my dramatics and let’s save THAT story for another time. This is supposed to be a feel-good blog entry y’all!
For now, click click click to read my article, “Greetings from Michigan”.