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Wanderlust – Russia: Day 10 of 10

We had to wake up really early to catch our transfer to the Pulkovo Airport. Our first flight was to Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport).

So far we have spent about 9 hours at the airport and we are boarding in about 3 hours for the flight to South Africa. We were hoping to see some new years celebrations from the sky but I doubt that we will.

Can you believe that Paris is colder than Russia?!? There is a thick layer of mist on the city. A lot of the flights were delayed because of poor visibility.

Our phones say that we have walked the following amount of steps during our vacation in Russia:

Husband (iPhone):

  • 22 Dec 2016: 5 070 steps (2.9 km)
  • 23 Dec 2016: 15 538 steps (8.6 km)
  • 24 Dec 2016: 18 236 steps (10.6 km)
  • 25 Dec 2016: 15 472 steps (9.5 km)
  • 26 Dec 2016: 20 125 steps (13.1 km)
  • 27 Dec 2016: 13 309 steps (7.5 km)
  • 28 Dec 2016: 15 162 steps (9.1 km)
  • 29 Dec 2016: 15 892 steps (9.5 km)
  • 30 Dec 2016: 16 412 steps (11.1 km)
  • 31 Dec 2016: 10 922 steps (6.2 km)
  • Total: 146 138 steps (88.1 km)

Me (Sony):

  • 22 Dec 2016: 2 294 steps (1.67 km)
  • 23 Dec 2016: 12 920 steps (9.35 km)
  • 24 Dec 2016: 14 874 steps (10.72 km)
  • 25 Dec 2016: 13 229 steps (9.59 km)
  • 26 Dec 2016: 20 916 steps (15.21 km)
  • 27 Dec 2016: 10 913 steps (7.89 km)
  • 28 Dec 2016: 13 421 steps (9.72 km)
  • 29 Dec 2016: 14 863 steps (10.82 km)
  • 30 Dec 2016: 14 926 steps (11,00 km)
  • 31 Dec 2016: 10 121 steps (7,60 km)
  • Total: 128 477 steps (93,57 km)

Taking the average between the two of us, we therefore walked a total of about 137 308 steps (approximately 90,8 km) during our 10 day adventure. Woohoo!! I did not know that we were capable of that figure!

    We learned the following random things about Russia:

    • You have to pay to go to any public toilet (except in restaurants and airports).
    • 95% of public toilets have a bad odor.
    • 85% of Russians do not understand English.
    • 77% of all my statistics are made up on the spot 😉
    • You have to have maps in both English and Russian.
    • It feels like Christmas is neverending because they start the festivities in December but only celebrate it in January.
    • An official day of mourning impacts everything. Plan to just relax on said day.
    • Russia has a lot of crows, everywhere. We were “counting crows” but we gave up 😉
    • Russian people do not always look friendly but they really are.
    • Prices are not fixed. Coffee prices in one shop can differ vastly from the next shop. It’s up to you whether your food bill will be high or not.
    • Try to use the Sapsan train between the two major cities.
    • People think you are being weird if you ask for milk with your tea.
    • iPhone 6 will switch off in cold weather.
    • 3 star hotels in Russia are like 4 star hotels in South Africa.
    • The Russian visa registration is not something you have to worry about. The onus lies on your host/hotel. 
    • Buying a local sim card for data is worth it.
    • Some people in Russia have little respect for a queue.

    Overall, it’s been a wonderful vacation. We are truly blessed to have had this opportunity. I cannot express how thankful I am towards God for it.

    Happy new year everyone! May it be a blessed one ***

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    About almostbetty

    Wife, Daughter of God, Traveller, Bookworm, Organ Donor

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