A collection of crazy Experiences from Russia
Follow Anna to Vyborg. This amazing historic town is just 1.5 hours away from Saint Petersburg, an unforgettable journey in a comfortable high-speed train. This cozy nook is more than 600 years old. The narrow streets of the old town are like keys to a time machine that will take us back in time. Vyborg used to belong to Sweden, Finland, Russian Empire, USSR, Russian Federation and each country has left its trace on this town’s face. The market square has preserved the atmosphere of a medieval town - something that’s missing in Saint Petersburg. The oldest building of Vyborg dates back to the 1500’s! The cherry on the cake is the best Vyborg Kringle ever baked, a secret recipe from the XV century
Food is one of the most delicious and fun ways to get to know a culture better! Don’t you agree? Anna recommends that to know the Russian culture, one should cook and eat a Russian delicacy while it’s hot. Two dishes that top her list are Pelmeni (Russian dumplings) and Borscht (beetroot soup), accompanied with so classic vodka or home-made infused liquors and salo (salted pig fat) on garlic bread. If you’re lucky enough, you can even taste the three kinds of world-famous Russian caviars - red, white, and black. Caviar or salted fish eggs is one of the finer elements of food around the world. Drooling, already? Maybe it’s time you book your flight.
There is no trip without a souvenir. Russia is very often associated with nesting dolls called Matryoshkas. Traveling with your family, especially when there are kids involved, is often associated with pleasing everybody and trying to keep them busy. So here’s a fun activity that’s entertaining enough to keep you busy for a while! You’ll be given a semi-finished wooden doll to paint under the guidance of an English-speaking artist. We’ll make sure your matryoshkas will be the best souvenirs you take from Russia.
Have you ever been to a marble quarry? It is bedazzling, a sight that leaves you filled with awe and admiration! More so is the Ruskeala marble quarry, a gem of the Republic of Karelia, the area to the North from Saint Petersburg that borders on Finland. The magnificent landscape was formed almost 8000 years ago, thanks to the huge glacier that used to be here during the Ice Age! The first quarry mining was started here in mid XVII century by the Swedes and by the XVIII century, it was already under the Russian rule. Today, the park is a renowned hiking place, turning into a snowy fairytale during winter, and a perfect getaway in summer. Here one even comes across waterfalls that don’t freeze even at -5C! If your feet ever find their way to this stunning quarry, we recommend you to try the home-made food at a local church and do some husky riding.