by Elizabeth Koch
SAN FRANCISCO/ST. PETERSBURG-
St. Petersburg is nothing like Prague, where half the population speaks English. In St. Petersburg, people dress like they’re auditioning for a Las Vegas dance troupe, but when you try to speak to them in the language of Las Vegas, they roll their eyes and suck on their cigarettes like you’re a piece of trash on the street to be ignored. In fact there’s plenty of trash on Nevsky to be ignored, probably because there are no trash cans, so maybe Russians are simply averting their eyes to avoid becoming morbidly depressed at all the ugliness in the world, my sorry non-Russian speaking self included.