I had a lot of trouble sleeping last night--probably only got about 45 minutes. Anders was able to get a solid 6 hours. I hope to catch up tonight. anyways, we rolled out of bed at 5:45 or so and went for a 5+ mile run around the Winter Palace (of Catherine the Great), Hermitage, the Fortress and a bunch of bridges. We finished it off doing sprints in front of the Winter Palace in the big square there (sprints being a loosely applied term in my case). Great, super-fun run--I felt pretty darn good...especially with no sleep!
After breakfast we went for a very long sightseeing session--lots of walking for tired feet. Anders and I skipped the group lunch and opted for some stir-fry as opposed to some dismal looking hotel food. We then headed out for 4 more hours of sight-seeing including a cruise on the canals in St. Pete. A long day, but a lot of cool sights. My Garmin tells me I've walked 12.2 miles already today so probably some good exercise pre-climb. Hopefully it will lead to a good sleep tonight.
We are about to head out for a team dinner and then will spend the early day in St. P tomorrow before heading down to Elbrus land tomorrow evening....
Here are some pics from this morning and afternoon...
Anders, wishing I'd leave him be....
On the metro:
At a local market inspecting the goods:
Anders admiring local Russian Orthodox art work:
Down by the water....
Me, hanging with St P's famous good luck Griffins...I think we might be related:
St P looking fine despite the gloom of the day:
Together again on another adventure--couldn't be more happy!
Classic Russian Onion Towers:
Mike and Anders yucking it up on the boat:
Lots of ducking on this cruise!