With Felix and the Consortium arranging with Sir Ernest to transport him and the artwork he was brokering for his client, our next destination was St. Petersburg. The negotiations were evidently more complex than anticipated with the Hermitage Museum, so again we had a sojourn and Minerva and certain others were advised to STAY OUT OF TROUBLE. However, the Hermitage Museum kept inviting Felix to bring shipmates for private tours of some of the closed collections, so anyone who wished to view this extraordinary museum had multiple chances. Lovely. Dr. Gintia was heard complaining that she had missed an important moment in one of her experiments due to touring the museum almost daily.
Everyone agreed that it was unfortunate we had missed the celebratory feel we hear the city gets in the summer, but at least we missed the terrible mosquitos. Dr. Gintia refused to supply every person with their own personal Venus Flytrap, but no one listened to her very detailed and useful explanation. Still, the autumn weather was lovely, despite some days of unexpected cold. Nearly everyone purchased a lovely furred hat, very useful while we’re floating. Excellent workmanship.
We had some unexpected difficulty achieving lift when departing. The engineer swiftly corrected for the excess weight, and some discreet questioning revealed the source of the problem. Too many individuals had brought aboard large secret stashes of vodka, it transpired.