We've been trying to make our way through trip advisors top ten attractions, so after the zoo we went to Patriarch Ponds, this turned out to be a large lake surrounded by grass verges, don't know what I was expecting really, but if that was in the top ten what must the rest of the attractions be like. We layed down to sun bathe and quickly fell asleep, Steve said I was snoring really loudly, I don't believe him. On our way back to the hostel we decided to buy our train ticket to St Petersburg in preparation for Friday. We wondered around for ages in the station trying to find any kind of clue as to how we could do it, after a long time and no luck we hatched a plan, using google translate we typed all the details of what we wanted and showed it to the lady behind the glass. She shook her head and using arm signals gave us what i thought where directions, but after following her directions I have come to the conclusion that she was either having a fit or had a very bad twitch. Eventually we found the ticket office and showed our message to another lady behind the glass, she shook her head and tutted then shook her head and tutted some more, eventually her colleagues joined in and between all the tutting and head shaking and hand gestures we managed to get the train we wanted, great finally, then she wrote something down on a bit of paper and pointed us towards the windows on the other side, each one with a que at least 10 deep, it wasn't so much the length of the que, but how long every person was taking, I had assumed they where behaving the way they did because we didn't speak any Russian but now I could see that everyone was getting the same treatment, when people finally handed over there money they then had to show there passport and fill out forms and the lady behind the glass typed like her russian life depended on it, no one looked happy, after watching two people in front get into arguments and be sent away I was not looking forward to our turn. Finally over an hour later it was our turn, we handed her the paper she punched some keys and spoke to us in Russian, we tried to explain we didn't understand, she spoke some more Russian and now the lady behind us in the que joined in, all speaking Russian louder and louder and looking at us like we where aliens. Steve had an idea and handed the lady his phone using the translator app, with hand gestures he told her to speak into it, by now we had gained an audience of people all looking at us like we where aliens, and trying to help by speaking more Russian at us, the lady took the phone and spoke into it like she was angry at it for several minutes, surprisingly it didn't work, it did succeed in making me laugh a lot though. Eventually after a total of nearly 2.5 hours and a lot of help from what seemed like the whole of Russia we got our ticket, it was now about 9.30pm. Outside the station there just happened to be a KFC, after our ticket mission we had worked up an appetite and thought we had immersed ourselves in the culture enough for one day so gave the Russian cuisine a miss for another day and tucked in.