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Since leaving London in 2006 I’ve travelled, worked, volunteered and lived in over 90 countries. Highlights so far would be driving along the Silk Road from Beijing to Istanbul, a complete circuit of South America and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Costa Rica. I’m currently back in Beijing, as a base to visit more of Asia and attempt to learn Mandarin.
A view across St Petersburg

A view across St Petersburg

Our last day in St Petersburg was still chilly, but bright and sunny. We took advantage of the excellent visibility by climbing to one of the higher points in the town. Smolny Cathedral Smolny Cathedral and the adjoining Smolny Institute are a little way from the centre, overlooking the river. For 100rubles each it’s allowed to climb a dusty staircase…
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