One day, me and friend Kirill decided we want to go to Peterhof, the well-known summer residence of the Czars that's probably the main out-of-town attraction near St. Petersburg, often called "Russian Versailles". World Heritage site and all.
It's kind of the place where you'd go on school and family trips, but both of us haven't been there in ages, and then we remembered that there's a fast boat ferry service there that we'd go on when we were young kids but then it got too expensive.
So, we found out prices, which by Russian standards were kinda high ($15 or so one way), I put my 1000roubles (~$40) on the table and said "fuck it, we're going", and off we went.
Well, starting with the bus, of course.
Popular Russian multi-purpose vehicle, Gazelle, seen here in its most popular role - as a cheap privately-owned shuttle service.
The shuttles are often not up to mechanical standards and the drivers are often not properly licensed to drive a vehicle like that - and have insane driving habits - so the accident rate for these things is particularly atrocious.
I avoided them like the plague.
Cargo version of the same vehicle.
I guess I’d better introduce him properly…
Kirill Grunichev, college student, currently finishing up his final semester of Computer Engineering at the Leningrad Electro-Technical Institute. Runs a popular Russian abandonware site, avid gamer, lives at home with parents and 3 siblings. Is one of my 2 best friends along with Sergei Zavodsky (alluded to before).
I dragged Kirill out every other day during my trip since he was on vacation and would otherwise just sit there at his PC.
He had a preference for more 'visual stuff', so after Peterhof our venues changed more to subs, ships, trains and tanks rather than culture museums.
Even as recently as a few hours ago, I could be found playing games with him online
*to be continued*