Traveling through picture perfect Guilin in China we met Mr. Xu. In the dark of the morning, he and his water buffalo walked over an hour to get to work – arriving just before sunrise.The role of the water buffalo is rapidly changing with the onset of modern machinery and China approving the use of credit – payments over time. More and more the buffalo is becoming a household pet.
Timeless images of Asia wouldn’t be the same if a farmer posed with his tractor…
Bill, the travel agent, discovered that we can hop on a ferry in Helsinki, Finland and get a 72 hour visa St. Petersburg – the cultural capital of Russia. All we had to do is present a hotel confirmation from one of Russia’s approved hotels.
A round trip ticket was only $150. and it included 2 nights on the ferry – so we considered the ferry ride free.
St. Petersburg did indeed live up to it’s cultural hype. We only had 48 hours and it wasn’t near enough. The Hermitage alone could take weeks.