Bol'shiye Porogi, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, 187330
White Nights, Crowded Streets, Bridges OpeningI didn't actually find out that this was such a big deal until I got to St. Petersburg, but let me tell you, it's a big deal. The Neva River flows through the city of St. Petersburg with connecting bridges all along its path. These bridges open starting at 1:30AM to let the boats go through, and when I say open I mean split in half and pull apart. So we left our hostel at 1AM to head over thinking that it's the middle of the night, it might be dark and scary walking to the river. UH could we be more wrong?? At 1AM the sky is a gradient of blue, the streets still busy, and of course we get to the river's edge only to join crowds of people waiting along with us. Tourists and Russians alike, everybody was out to celebrate the fleeting White Nights of Russian summers. It's a funny mix of feelings - euphoria, fascination, tiredness - so all in all, maybe a little deliriousness, but the White Nights are really something to experience, and the best place is along the Neva in the middle of the night.