ST. PETERSBURG – My neighborhood reminds me of the 3rd Arrondisment in Paris (6 years ago). This is the view from my hotel room. The other day – a film crew was shooting a scene in that area. I think it was a fight scene since one of the actors ended up on the ground, clutching his side.
Last night, I went to dinner with my translator. I was waiting for the at the metro stop and she was running late. I figured I could use the extra time to shoot this little video about my neighborhood.
(Facebook peeps and RSS readers – you can watch the video on my blog entry).
ST. PETERSBURG – I’ve been able to snap some photos of myself in St. Petersburg thanks to my Russian hosts and my translator, Shuana. It’s just darn awkward when I attempt to frame up a photo of my face all by myself. I’m grateful to have another human being who can shoot a decent picture.
The other day, Shuana introduced me to Nevsky Propsekt. This busy street has an eclectic mix of classic buildings like the Kazan Cathedral and modern, high-end shopping areas.
ST. PETERSBURG – These cute Russian dogs are making me a little homesick for my baby back in Cow Town. On my first night in St. Petersburg, we met this shaggy pooch along the banks of Zayachy Island. He was hanging out with fishermen hunting for dinner near the Neva River.
Pavel, one of my university host, said I should probably avoid any of the fish caught from the Neva River. He mentioned something about river pollution. Good to know.
ST. PETERSBURG – I survived a 17-hour flight and checked into my hotel on the Petrogradsky Island.
Today, I played tourist with the help of my hosts from St. Petersburg State University. They gave me a driving and walking tour of the campus as well as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and other art highlights of the Historic Heart district.
On Monday, I teach my first journalism class. Good times.