Friday, September 09, 2005

CAHKT ΠETEPБУPΓ / St. Petersburg

It had been a long day...

It had started in our sleeper compartment at about 1am, with Russian border guards inspecting our passports. One of the documents, from a country which shall remain nameless *cough* Ireland *cough* attracted a great deal of suspicious peering through magnifying glasses, and a long and vigorous conference between officials. Eventually a more senior officer was called to confirm that the state was in the EU, and the passport was not necessarily a sign of international terrorism. Thankfully there was no need to see whether Bertie Ahern's ministers would request and require assistance for our party's own ethnic minority.

After a brief visit from the customs officials, and a quick check under the seats in case our Irish friend was trying to decommission any armelites or AK47s in there, we were able to get back to sleep.

Very soon the sun rose over the Russian countryside, and after some time and a couple of coffees and teas, so did we. We were about to arrive in St Petersburg and rush hour was just getting started!

(this post has been specially backdated to when it happened through soviet timewarp technology and the russian instrumental case)

6 comments:

Pragmatic Pete said...

One hundred thousand welcomes when you have an Irish passport ... recommended :-)

Paul said...

I was just listening to George Galloway last night at the Belfast Festival (see later post). Interestingly enough, he said that the jihadists on the ground in Iraq didn't distinguish much between the Irish and the British. Pretty much any westerner seemed to be the hated enemy.

Erika Roca-Paulsen said...

What does Friday CAHKT ΠETEPБУPΓ mean?

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Tring to find out about a gold pocket watch made in CAHKT/St Petersburg

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