Thursday, October 5, 2017

Day 1 - The Russian Adventure Begins!

We departed Helsinki midday on the high speed Allegro train. Super fast and comfortable.  Customs and immigration was a breeze, although our initial reaction to the serious and stern looking enforcement officers was at first a bit alarming. They did escort aRussian  woman into custody for trying to bring in alarge  amount of expensive jewelry. 

We arrived after dark, were met by our attractive, extremely well-spoken guide, and escorted to our very nice  hotel. 

A few beers and snacks at the rooftop bar was folliwed by a later arrival of Don, Dianna, and Aleana. Verena, Marie, and our dear John joined in and our St. Petersburg group was complete. 

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