- Not being able to check into our hotel because we didn’t have the right paperwork. This was very disturbing but the nice hotel people sorted it out. Apparently you need a stamped and signed itinerary from your tour operator with the name of your hotel on it. I know you are technically suppose to be ‘supervised’ by a tour operator at all times but NO ONE on any of the reviews or sites I visited mentioned needing this documentation.They just talk about how this rule is not really enforced in St Petersburg.
- Underestimating how big the city is, it seriously took ages to get any where.
- Seeing fast food chains with their name in Cyrillic. The most popular was Subway. For some reason I did not expect to see so many American chains in Russia.
- The beautiful and grand interiors in most of the buildings. We went into a chocolate…
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