Welcome to St. Petersburg!

A jet-lagged visitor gets a somewhat surprising view on the drive from the airport to St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A jet-lagged visitor gets a somewhat surprising view on the drive from the airport to St. Petersburg, Russia.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Need an eye-opener after a long night’s flight from JFK to St. Petersburg? Just look out the window as you head into the city. I have a “was that what I think it was?” reaction as I head to our cruise ship. My mind immediately flashes back to what new arrivals to New York might see as they head into Manhattan from Queens.

An industrial welcome to St. Petersburg, Russia Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

An industrial welcome to St. Petersburg, Russia
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

In Russia, I wonder about security, evacuation plans, the sheer closeness of these reactors to the road. I thought I would be introduced to the St. Petersburg of czars; instead, my first impression of the city is very much a contemporary one. I spend my working hours thinking about environmental policy; it looks like I’ll be spending some vacation time thinking about this, too.

—Lori Tripoli

View from the road, St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

View from the road, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

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