AUGUST 2013, BALTIC SEA
In August 2013 we flew to Copenhagen, Denmark and boarded the Emerald Princess for a trip around the Baltic Sea.
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NOTE: The next gallery is St. Petersburg, Russia. We were there for two perfect, and enjoyable,
days. One thing I wanted to do was confirm or deny something I was told long, long ago -- probably
in grade school -- and that is that there are two things you will not find in Russia as a result
of the Communist Revolution. They are: (1)
neon signs, because they are symbols of western decadence (associated with bars, etc.), and (2) grass
on private lawns, because that is a symbol of western extravagance, and
Russians were told that Americans have a lower class
that tend their grass and that no Russian citizen should ever have to lower himself to tend the lawn of
another Russian citizen.
I found both of these (well, the "lower class" part is debatable) to be true.
We saw a few neon signs and they were on side streets in the windows of restaurants
and they were also obviously post-glasnost, and we saw no grass to be tended in the lawns of private
homes or apartment buildings
-- only in public or government squares and the estates of the palaces of antiquity. Check the
pictures of St. Petersburg and you will see no billboards, garish Times-Square-like locations, and
precious little landscaping.
Whomever taught me this -- I forgot where I learned it -- was mostly correct. Raymond Merritt, 2013.
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