All articles by Hugh Willan
By Hugh Willan
Englishman and lover of language, different cultures and people. Always keen to get out and explore the city or further afield whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Why Saint Petersburg?
Saint Petersburg, as anyone who visits will testify, is a truly unique city. It is a place made up entirely of contradictions – it is both old and new, Baroque and Soviet, European and Russian, as well as heart-wrenchingly beautiful in places but hideous in others. This is even reflected in the weather and the people, both can be laughably cold sometimes but uncommonly warm at others. Admittedly not for everyone but definitely for me!