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In Tallinn

Almost did not make it out of russia!!

Well i am now in Tallinn (Estonia) but i almost did not make it out of Russia. As i was arriving at the border i was thinking that i have had enough difficulties with passports and visas for one trip and that nothing could go wrong but that was not the case at the Russian/Estonian border. I had a bit of trouble leaving Russia because i look a little different than my passport photo. I know it sounds surprising but i do look a little different than the photo in my that was taken when i was 14. The Russian border official was a bit concerned with the lack of similarities that she call out her supervise who was also not entirely convinced that the photo in my passport was a photo of me. I was asked to smile, frown and press my lips together. I had to pull my fringe back and tuck my hair behind my ears and they where still convinced that i am better looking in real life than my photo makes me out to be. (what can i say 4 and a bit years of growing up) so i was asked to do a signature check! I failed it! Well it was not completely my fault but i had two main problems with the check.
1st I can not remember what my signature was when i was 14!
2nd my had was shaking that much (because i was a little scared at this stage, belive me 2 big Russian women in military uniform are scary! ~my drinking buddies were much less scary!~) that i could barely hold the pen!
After another 5 or so minutes of talking a few phone calls i finally saw the stamp put to the page and i was allowed to pass. All in all it was only a 15- 20 minute ordeal but it was enough to get the heart rate up!!

Belive it or not i acutely love traveling (problems and all).

St Petersburg and Moscow were surprisingly fun cities! Things were a lot more relaxed that i had expected. I Moscow we were heading back to the hostel after dinner and we came across a band set in an under pass. there would of been about 75 people standing around listening and dancing. the police did not have a problem with it.

In St Petersburg i went to the hermitage museum (winter place). I am not normally a museum person but i actually enjoyed it.

Posted by Mike Lee 06:47 Archived in Estonia

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