On the bus ride to the Saint Petersburg airport, we went down the large axial road that passes through the vast Stalinist-era area south of the center of the city. This drawing catches some of the Cyrillic signs we passed (by the end of the trip I did pretty well at transliterating signs, sounding out words like a beginnning reader). There is a quick glimpse of a subway station, the Soviet palace, and some planes parked on the tarmac.
Our arrival at the airport involved an endless wait in a huge crowds to pass through a preliminary baggage screening just to get into the terminal. Then inside, we had to go through a first passport control, then check-in, baggage screening again, and passport control again. While waiting on one of these lines, I drew to pass the time.