Jet lagged...Did someone say Russian vodka?
Made it to St. Petersburg after more than ten hours of flying time. We are a bit jet lagged and suffer from a phenomenon I like to call "burning arrows" syndrome. You know what I am talking about - when you are so exhausted from lack of sleep and the time change (9 hours here) that you swear you have hell fire hot arrows stuck in the middle of your forehead and chest. The only cure for burning arrows is a good Russian meal and a helluva lot of pepper vodka at the "Idiot Restaurant", a solid local haunt serving traditional Russian cuisine that we visited tonight.
We landed around 5 PM local time and made our way to our hotel - the fabulous Belmond Grand Hotel Europe. I am way too tired to recite the history, but just know that Tolstoy may or may not have had a drink or three in the main bar - perhaps sitting where I sat this afternoon with my whiskey sours? You never know - I am feeling a bit more "literary" though....
Tomorrow after a good night's sleep we begin exploring this beautiful city.
For tonight, I am getting some rest in preparation for the "White Nights Fest" which begins tomorrow.....