In 2015, Team Onetimefashionista set voyage across 4 countries, 2 islands, 2 deserts and 13 cities/locations in 4 continents to share the joy with you that how addictive and enriching it is to see the world by yourself with all your senses. Earlier in 2015, we set foot on the southern most point of the United States where the foamy waves of the Pacific Ocean splashed on our feet in the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. We climbed up the Kjerag Mountains to see a dangling rock and completed an epic 2200 km cross-country drive through the country where God lives – Norway. Then we put a big tick on the biggest country of the whole world while we hummed and followed “The Moskva, down to Gorky Park, listening to the wind of change…” in Russia. Finally, towards the end of the happening year, we went to the cradle from where it all started for the human civilisation – Egypt – where it all began!
There are certain places that give you an assurance of an amazing stay as soon as you see the photos on a hotel booking website. There was no two way about this feeling when we fixed our gaze at Hotel Indigo to be our nest in the Russian city of St. Petersburg.
The most unique thing which took place when you were born was the fact that you arrived in this world. Note I say it was ‘unique’, I didn’t say it was necessarily good, for your parents or for the world in general. Jokes apart, but when that special day keeps recurring year after year, it is imperative that you do something different to live up to the significance of this day.
The unique aspect of the voyage stories of the Team Onetimefashionista is the fact that we try to enjoy a location we explore from three perspectives if possible. In other words, along with curiously exploring the venues on ground, we always try to view the town or city from an altitude high enough to have a bird’s eye view. But frankly we never thought that we could ever experience how a city moves under the ground and that so beautifully, until we immersed ourselves with the common Muscovites and residents of St. Petersburg in the gorgeously designed metro networks of these Russian cities. The way the trains arrive and leave and the city keeps moving, as if it creates an amazing symphony of movement, motion all in the elegant settings of a public museum for the public and its proud past.
What goes on in the kitchen and what gets served on your plate can tell you a perfectly delicious story about an important aspect of a country’s culture. Travelling is not just about taking truckload of photos in front of landmarks and beautiful monuments – it is as much a discovery through the sense of taste. In this edition of our Voyage stories at OneTimeFashionista, we bring to you our top five recommendations of culinary destinations when you are rushing to find a place to appease your appetite around the Russian cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg.
“Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…”
Even the evergreen lyrical aspirations of John Lennon would not have been enough to guarantee him a smooth sailing when it comes to applying for a Russian visa. No matter how much he would have had yearned for a world without any countries, borders and religions – the obligatory rules of the Russian visa requires that as part of your tourist visa application, you have to provide two must have documents – the tourist voucher and the tourist confirmation – otherwise keep buzzing John Lennon or you can safely buzz off too if you so wish. You will not get the Russian visa.