St. Petersburg is currently setting all-time records for heat. We're not enthusiastic about going out this morning, but we need to get our visas registered. Though we have three business days to complete this required task, we've decided we're not messing around with Russian bureaucracy. We'll get it taken care of this afternoon.
We're soaked in sweat by the time we complete the five minute walk from our apartment to the nearest metro station. At the ticket window, we say our magic incantation of "chetttdy dejonay" and receive four subway tokens in return. Then, we take a two minute long escalator ride, breathing a sigh of relief as the temperature drops and we descend ninety meters underground. We decide our sightseeing today will consist mostly of riding the metro.
We have eight stops before we change lines, and another few after that to reach the center of the city. Feeling exhausted already, I close my eyes and mentally check out, absorbing the aural experience.
Back out of the subway, we walk home, stopping at a hole-in-the-wall fruit stands (literally!) to buy some fresh peaches. There are also hole-in-the-wall meat shops, vegetable shops, and convenience stores!
Back at the apartment, sticky as hell, we get to work, trying to take our minds off the heat.