Through the Looking Glass: St. Petersburg Russia
There has always been this air of mystery when one mentions Russia. Almost this element of fear and intimidation if I had to be honest.
It would be a lie if I said media wasn’t an influential factor. What we see in the news and movies certainly play a vital role in feeding us with ideas about anything and everything in the world.
Say the Philippines, foreigners think we live on trees, it is a nation mostly filled with slums and squatters (thanks to movies like Bourne Legacy, among the few).
Not to mention how foreigners are so afraid to come here thinking the Abu Sayaf or terrorists are in Manila as they associate the country with the capital, when they really are situated in the northernmost part of the country that is at least 1.5hrs away by plane from Manila.
However, can you blame them?
Bad press is what makes the news. So it only makes sense that Philippine typhoons, earthquakes, poor politics and poverty are what make the headlines.
This is the general perception of the world on us.
Just a few days in Russia and my whole impression of this so-called cold country had vanished. St. Petersburg, alongside Budapest, Tokyo and Dubai have now become my most favorite cities in the world.
The episode this week hopes to convey the warmth, beauty and brilliance of such a misunderstood country and you’ll never guess why!
Look beyond the news, question “facts,” do your own research for the truth is always either an exaggeration, a perception or a deception in plain sight.
I travel to seek the truth.
Why do you travel?
Love & light,
Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia