“Where would I travel based on my MBTI personality?”
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Disclaimer: The article is written based on the personality traits according to Myers Briggs Personality Test. Don’t know what your personality is? Take the test here
By Amie Shao
Speckled with mystical buildings and infused with the aroma of royalty and adventure, Russia is truly a magical land that unites European and Asian culture, landscape and spirit. Bearing a long-lasting history; Russia is the destination for anyone wishing to fulfil their fairytale.
ENFJ (Protagonist) – Saint Petersburg, Russia
WHY SAINT PETERSBURG?
As a driven and passionate leader, ENFJs love to guide and learn from others. Their creative energy creates perfect a harmony with the colourful tunes and cultural hues of Saint Petersburg! They are the protagonist of their story, one that wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the land founded by the one and only Tsar Peter the Great!
Where to go in Saint Petersburg?
- The Hermitage
You cannot visit the Imperial capital of Russia without making time to visit the Hermitage museum. Beyond its extravagant design, intricate detail and timeless heritage, the Hermitage houses Russia’s finest collection of fine arts, from Greek and Roman antiques to priceless impressionist and post-impressionist art. Formerly the official residence of the Romanov Tsars, embrace yourself as you immerse in what remains of Russia’s imperial family. It is truly a palace fit for a king! Protagonists are explorers and romanticists, and one step into the museum will sweep you away on an adventure of artistic and cultural wonder.
- Alexander Park
Known for its presence in the reign of Russia’s last tsar Nicholas II, and as the hunting ground of Empress Elizabeth I, the Alexander Park blends Chinese and Russian colour to form what is now a mesmerising and magical cultural garden. Beyond the vast collection of flora, the Catherine Palace, a Russian imperial residence of magnificent size sits as a symbol of European royalty. Walk further, and you will find the Chinese village at the heart of the park, which houses the famous Chinese bridge and theatre. This unison of Chinese and Russian culture is symbolic of the Chinoiserie style which emerged in Russia, namely Saint Petersburg in the 18th Century. You don’t have to be a protagonist to fall in love with this utopian landmark!
- Church of the Saviour and spilled blood
In memory of Alexander II following his assassination in 1881, the Church of the Saviour and spilled blood is an extravagant tribute to its tragic history. This is greatly contrasted by its dazzling architecture and vibrant colour which will transport you straight into a fairytale. Its vibrant exterior and diverse colours only saturate its symbolic cultural and historic importance to the Russian people. It becomes no surprise how the Church has become a national treasure and religious epicentre, while its five domes and 7000sq meters of mosaics are a symbolic measure of its grandeur which will do more than just impress.
What to eat in Saint Petersburg?
These Russian dumplings are filled with ground meat (usually a mix of beef and pork) and onions wrapped skilfully in a soft dough. Adorned with a sprinkle of dill to add a kick of flavour and served alongside sour cream or butter, the pelmeni has rightfully gained its popularity among locals and tourists. Its name derives from pel’nyan’ literally “ear bread”. Although its exact roots are not clear, some theories suggest that stuffed boiled dumplings originated in northwestern China.
These lightly battered and fried smelt fish is the soul of Russian cuisine, especially Saint Petersburg. There are many ways to serve these fish, often topped with herbs and lemon. These fish are caught in abundance in the icy Neva River. These delightful fish were one of the reasons why Peter the Great chose to locate in Saint Petersburg, so if you are wanting to try a meal fit for an emperor, then sink your teeth into the crispy, aromatic Koryushka.
Fun fact: these fish smell like fresh cucumbers and taste alike to salmon!
If you love pancakes but not sweet foods, then Blini is the most widely eaten meal that is adored by Russians! These thin crepes are made from buckwheat flour and traditionally served with sour cream, jam, fruits, smoked salmon and or caviar if you are feeling fancy! Russian legend claims the Blini was born when a famished traveller accidentally fried his oat jelly over an open fire, so be sure to get (several) tastes of this savoury treat when you make your visit!
How’s the weather in Saint Petersburg?
The best time to visit is definitely in the summer (mid-June to September), where days are long to allow for full schedules and the best view of the stunning architecture. What’s more, restaurants and cafes are open longer hours so you can make the most of your travel. Don’t be fooled by the name, summers in Russia are generally cool, with temperatures ranging from 10 degrees to 20, so be sure to pack a jacket! If you decide to visit in the winter (October to mid-April) days are shorter but you will experience a true winter wonderland and snow galore! Pack on the layers, for winters, can drop to below freezing.
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