Sometimes, i have noticed in my travels, that life throws a curve ball and sends you in to a place that you never expected, and it turns out to be one of the best things that you have done. It happened when i got a chance to work in Macau, and i’m pretty sure that Russia is going to be another one of those times.
Never in my life have i even thought about going to Russia. In fact i have previously said that i would NEVER go to Russia. But then the Bungy World Tour idea is born, and that puts Russia right in my path. And so far, it has been a completely different experience than i had expected from Russia.
When i saw that there were AJ Hackett jumps in Sochi, Russia, the plan was always to fly into Moscow, not leave the airport, get onto another flight to Sochi, head straight to a hotel, then the next morning head out to Skypark, do the jumps and all the stuff that Skypark meant, then back on the train and fly back to Moscow, then out to Hong Kong that night.
The shortest time i would ever be in any country on the whole trip. But, Now…..
I’ll fly from 5 days of realising a long held dream in Paris, to St Petersburg for about 3/4 days. The more i look into this amazing city, the more that i want to do. The place looks seriously amazing in everything i see it in. So far, this is what i have lined up for St Petersburg:
Church of our Saviour on Spilled Blood – Literally the building that made me want to go to St Petersburg
Kazan Cathedral – a seriously powerful and amazing looking buildings.
Peter and Paul Fortress/Cathedral – Think there is a theme emerging here……
Palace Bridge and Square
And i am sure there will be plenty more added to the trip
From St Petersburg, its off to Moscow by train. They tell me the scenery in Russia is beautiful so i thought the train may be a novel way to check some of it out. And its only 4 hours.
The thing i’m looking forward to in Moscow is EVERYTHING i want to see is basically around Red Square!
St Basil’s Cathedral, Kremlin, Mausoleum, Bolshoi Theatre, and obviously the Square itself.
After about 2/3 days in Moscow, its off the the place that bought me to Russia in the first place. AND the place that i am most excited about, potentially on the WHOLE trip!
There are so may reasons that i can’t wait to get to Sochi. Sochi itself looks amazing, and can’t wait to check that out, but the Skypark, looks INSANE!!!!
Containing two jumps, one of which at the time will be the biggest jump on the trip at 207m, and a smaller 69m, (which will still be the third highest), there is so much more to do.
MEGATROLL – The worlds fastest trolley at 120kms/hr. Think zipline on steroids!
Sochi swing – 170 HUGE metres!
Skybridge – This thing is insane! And i love it! The longest suspension bridge in the world at 439m.
And so so much more. This place is like the Queenstown of Russia!
Another reason, and probably just as big as the Skypark itself is the Skypark jump crew! These guys have been so supportive of this trip and i can’t wait to catch up with them. Overall AJ Hackett crew ALL over the world have been supportive, but these guys are over and above anything i expected!
From 3/4 days in Sochi, its back to Moscow (this time not leaving the airport, for a flight over to Beijing.
And by this time, i’m pretty sure i’m going to have lost a little bit of my heart to Russia.
Do you have any other recommendations for Russia?