Mt. Elbrus: Team Leaves the Mountains for the Culture of St. Petersburg

Posted by: Jeff Martin, Pete Van Deventer | August 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside

Hi,
We are in St. Petersburg! This morning we headed out of the hotel and drove to Mineralnye Vody for our flight. Even though it is just about a three hour flight, it took most of the day to reach our final destination.

St. Petersburg is very different from what we have seen the last two weeks. It is best described as the cultural center of Russia, while Moscow is the center of government and administration. The architecture is stunning and the monuments truly impressive. The harder “edge” found in Kislovodsk is definitely softer and the curiosity surrounding foreign visitors is almost non-existent. It is also much easier to find a dinner menu with a little English.

We headed out for an early dinner at a nearby restaurant and to get a little preview of the city before we get the grand tour tomorrow.
All the best,

RMI Guides Jeff Martin, Pete Van Deventer, and the North Side Team

Roof top view of St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: Linden Mallory

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