White nights

Last weekend, we visited St Petersburg (more on that later!). We learnt that in the last weeks of June, at the end of spring and the beginning of summer, it doesn’t get completely dark there. This is called “white nights” (белые ночи, prounounced as ‘beliye nochi’). Although in Yaroslavl there is no single day in the year where it doesn’t get dark at all, the nights are pretty short now too!

This was at 3am yesterday … Twenty minutes later, it was completely light outside!


I remember my confusion last year shortly after arriving here, when I woke up in the middle of the night and thought we had overslept (view my post on that here). The strange thing is that (because of permanent wintertime) it gets dark at a quite ‘normal’ time for us (around 10pm or so) but it already gets light in the middle of the night.

Too bad that doesn’t seem to make it any easier to get up in the morning. 🙂


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