About the project and me

About the project

The inspiration for creating this site arose gradually. I was born in another city and moved to St. Petersburg with my family at a tender age, so I first learned about St. Petersburg with interest and curiosity as if I were a tourist. I was excited to learn about various sights. I enjoyed walking around the city with my parents, visiting the excursions, and going to the museums. I also attended   the education and training program for future guides. I even led several tours in one of the palaces of St. Petersburg.

From time to time my friend from my   hometown hosted there, so we toured together.  I shared the information about the city, as I showed my friend the favorite city highlights. Times passed and I started travelling more and making the international friends and acquaintances: Americans, Chinese friends, Ukrainians, British people, Lithuanians, Latvians, Romanians, Italians and even people from Jamaica and Dominican Republic! It was simple to tell briefly about St. Petersburg: the beautiful city, “Northern Venice” with the rivers and channels, the white nights, the drawbridges.

When it came time to showing the city alive to the foreigner,  the preparation for showing the city turned up to be not easy at all! The difficulty was in interpretation of the city from the perspective of a person with a different mentality, with other knowledge about the country and the city. The colorful encyclopedias translated to other languages provided a very general information about everything in general and nothing in particular.  Little    pocket guides seemed to have no reference to current events in the city. I could find only one way to show the city in the desired way– to prepare everything on my own. My basis for excursions was my card with the tags of the routes familiar to me, containing notes about the best places to go, to visit, the best things to experience, to try during the limited period of time.This I sorted out, while trying to avoid a superficial assessment of the city,   but deepening the guest in the culture of the city and the country, showing all the best.

That visit was in winter and I was showing a winter city. In a while, there came the opportunity to introduce St. Petersburg to a wider group of foreigners.  In summer, I had a chance to show the same but a little bit different light city. I prepared for those excursions, too.

Now I  desire to share the information and make it available to all those who either want to come to St. Petersburg, or just start to think about the trip.

I hope that my love for reading, traveling combine with my wish that visitors have a   wonderful stay and   meaningful experiences in this beautiful city would be useful for you!

P.S. You can also find some information at the Facebook page of the webiste (you can see it by searching “gladtomeetyou.com”).   To the top

About me

I love to talk to interesting people, including my family and friends, to get acquainted with new people, to expand my knowledge (to read, to travel, to study), to capture the moments of life, to use the opportunities that are provided by life. You can find some extra information (and portfolio) at my Google+ page, twitter (@Yulia_S_gtmy), Instagram (yulia_s_glad_to_meet_you), Tripadvisor – make a search for Yulia_S_gtmy Top contributor.

I do think that my life can be stated like the quote: “it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” (L. Carroll). I do think that this approach is very good.

My mottos are the following:

«If you can dream it, you can make it» (R. Orben)
If you think you can, you can; if you think you can’t, you can’t.
Quisqui fortunae suae faber

To expand my knowledge I prefer to take the amazing courses of the free educational platform  coursera (Coursera), which I highly recommend to look through: there is a mix of multilingual courses on the website and they are all super awesome. I will be glad, if you find something great to study there!

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