View of Petropavlovskaya Krepost
After leaving the Hermitage, Shmuli and I went around various other locations in the city . . .
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Note to ch.info -now this is called photoshoping (let's see who can guess what was taken out)
Russians being Russians in front of the palace.
The Hermitage from afar
Of picture of the week fame (I love this photo)
On the island of the Petropavlovskaya Krepost . . .
crossing over again . . .
Of Russians and Their Actions:
One of locals told us that it was some sort of Petersburg tradition to take one's photo in front of the statue of Peter the First.
So we went for it.
However, despite a cluster of locals hanging around the statue, no one wanted to take our picture.
A lady walked past us, and I asked her several times if she could take our picture. She stood there ignoring me for a moment . . . then finally consented to take our picture -a look of extreme disinterest in her eyes.
. . . and the photo didn't even come out well.
As we were walking back to the Shul for Mincha, a Police car pulled up besides us.
The passenger side door swung open and one of the cops called me over,
"у вас есть документы?" -Do you have your papers on you?
Though almost all of Europe exists as a theoretical police state, officially requiring tourists to carry their passports on them at all times, I never bothered to bring my documents with me . . . besides during this trip in Russia.
Approaching, I produced my passport from my jacket pocket.
"конечно." I said. -Of course
Looking at me the officer smirked,
"ты еврей?" -Are you a Jew?
I've never been asked that question before, and seeing as how it was irrelevant to need to see my papers I look at him and said,
"ну, что?" -So, what?
Agitatedly the officer asked again,
"Я спросил, ты еврей?" -I asked, Are you a Jew?
"Я от Америка" I'm from America. I said.
"Америка!" He growled, apparently being from America sounded like it was worse then being a Jew.
Meanwhile, one of his partners in the car had seen that Shmuli's papers were intact, and began to tell the guy speaking to me that they ought to go . . .
"Я американский еврей" I said -I'm an American Jew . . .
Finally mumbling something about having worked for Jews, he gave me my papers and drove off.
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