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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

"Going Up the Shore..."

Posted on 2005.08.17 at 19:40

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ellinestel
ellinestel at 2005-08-18 12:42 (UTC) (Link)
To be honest, I haven't been to Siberia - it is very far from St. Pete. I remember that the woods in Minnesota did look like our forests, only we don't have such cliffs and rock fromations. The terrain around St. Petersburg is mostly flat. As to the weather... It does reach nineties here too, and it's horrible - the humidity is very high here, and even when it's 25 C, the asphalt melts. :(
Mechtild
mechtild at 2005-08-18 13:56 (UTC) (Link)
(Note: I had to remove and edit my comment for sheer stupid-ness. Here goes another try.)

Oh, I didn't think you had been to Siberia, really, Ellin. I was just kidding. It's terribly far, as you say. And, unless one were into visiting harsh wilderness sites, why would one go?

The summer in St. Petersburg sounds miserable. I hadn't any idea it became so unpleasant. I had been assuming it was somewhere else, but, now that I have bothered to check out a map, I see it is practically in Finland, on the Gulf. Yet it gets so hot there? I am surprised, with the city right on the water.

Have you been to Minnesota, then? You are so widely travelled!
ellinestel
ellinestel at 2005-08-18 20:16 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I've been to Minessota with my parents, but it was years ago. I was twelve then. :)

St. Pete is on the Gulf, but... It's very, very humid,. up to 90% humidity in worst cases. It rarely goes lower than 70-75%. So, when it's plus 30 C, it feels like 40 in the south. The summer isn't miserable, if you can escape to the country, where there's a lot of shade, trees and lakes. But staying in the city is awful. Most people here have small houses in the country (we call them dachas), and they go there for weekends and all holidays.

As to Siberia... iId love to go, actually... But i have so many places in the "must-see" list, that I just cannot go everywhere I'd like to. Just today Tosha has told me she wants to go to lake Baikal. I'd love to go, too. Perhaps someday we will. :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2005-08-19 03:53 (UTC) (Link)
You know, it's funny when you say to me, an American, "St. Pete's is on the Gulf ... it's very, very humid," etc. There is a well-known city in Florida called "St. Pete's" (St. Petersburg), on the "Gulf" (of Mexico). And, dang, if it isn't super hot and humid all summer, capable of melting asphalt.

Do you or your family have a "dacha"? Scandanavians seem to love their little summer cabins, too. Here in MN, many people of Scandanavian descent seem to have had a summer cabin, very rustic, on some little lake in the woods. Now, such properties have become quite expensive. Only very well-off people can afford them. But, in the "old days," even people with only "working wages" could buy a little something on a lake.
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