Pleasant surprises. In the past few days we were in St. Petersburg, Russia and
Tallinn, Estonia. We all know that changes have taken place over the past
twenty years but these changes were way beyond what we had expected.
Cleanliness, a great deal of entrepreneurial activity, cars from every corner
of the world, well dressed people and lots to see. The restoration of their
imperial histories and the open discussion of their new realities was a real
lesson. The royal palaces and noble residences that make up a lot of the main
islands in St. Petersburg have formed the foundation for a vibrant city and a
new spirit of country. Estonia was an even greater surprise. The old mediaeval
city has been restored and forms the centre of a great area to walk around,
visit museums and historic locations and, of course, shop. All in all these
two cities were just plain amazing. Amazing what freedom of action creates.
" There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, no tonic so powerful
as expectation of something tomorrow. "
- Orison S. Marden
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