Once the snow melts and the sun starts to show its face, the Russians arrange a picnic and BBQ to celebrate.
This was a lot of fun, and something you wouldn’t get from staying in a hotel or hostel!
Met up with Oksana’s friends, and head into the woods for the best spot to picnic.
The boys hard at work doing man-fire-cooking. While we enjoy the sun!
The boys had done a good job! So much food! They made shashlik
This was a great send off as it was my last day in Saint Petersburg, I was off to Moscow that night on the sleeper train!
When I woke up, I was in Moscow. Convenient, although not the best sleep as you can imagine!
Alexandra, who was going to host me, met me straight off the train.
It was still early in the day so once I’d freshened up and unpacked we went on a whirlwind tour of the city.
Unfortunately, it was a Sunday, which meant the whole world and it’s dog was out, but that didn’t stop the thrill as we approached St Basils!
I was so excited to see this church, ever since I can remember, and have a picture of it in my bucket list book! So that can now be ticked off!
Look at that smile!
I may have got a little carried away and taken photos from every angle!
And sketched it…
Reluctantly moving on, we walked past a film set, for a film we will probably never get to see in the uk.
Over the bridge to the ‘island’.
I can’t get over how hot it is here. I packed layers of clothes and bobble hats and it’s like 18 degrees out!
Saw the Kremlin from the outside.
Alexandra and her husband Andrej took me to a Russian Soviet restaurant. Which was basically like stepping back in time to the 80’s.
I’m getting a bit obsessed with Piroshki, filled buns, the meat ones taste like corned beef pasties!
After the attempted sleep on the train and a day of sight seeing, I was ready for bed!