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We had a relatively laid back day today. In the morning we toured “Rabbit Island,” the smallest island in St. Petersburg and “the birthplace of the city”. There we saw St. Petersburg Cathedral, Trubetskoy Bastion (an old political prison), and a sprinkling of other sites. We had a fun little jump scare at noon; at exactly noon every day, they fire a blank shot on one of the old cannons. We all knew it was going to happen, but failed to realize just how loud that bang was going to be. Good stuff. After that the group split up a bit and some of us went to a grocery store to get fixings for sandwiches and whatnot.
We had a few hours of free time (nap time for some of us), then in the evening we met up to go to “Feel Yourself Russian.” I personally had no idea what it was going to be, just some kind of show. It turns out Feel Yourself Russian is a kind of compilation of traditional Russian song and dance. The singing and dancing were very well done, the costumes were beautiful, and many of the bits were funny or sweet. However, there was one thing that was totally out of left field. In the middle of the show, there was some Eskimo dance thing involving weird masks. First I was scared. Then I was confused. Then it looked like one of the masks was looking right at me and I was lost in a series of giggle-fits that did not subside until we got back to the hotel. Whatever that was about, it was very well done.
After we Felt Ourselves Russian, we got supper at Pizza Hut and retired back to the hotel. Did you know “Pooty Poot” Vladimir Putin (the current Prime Minister of Russia) is from St. Petersburg? True story.