I was already frustrated. I thought I could pull it off but in the end I was just actually walking around in circles. I faced a diverging street and took the one on the right leading to a well-lighted road. I was walking for at least half an hour and was already exhausted. I was not paying attention that the pavement under my feet is thick with slippery ice.
Suddenly I felt my body sway to the right, my right boots started slipping to the left and in a second it was dragging me to the ground. I tried to resist my fall but ended up hurting my arms and knees. I slumped on the ice for a whole two minutes, unable to find my bearings and wallowing in embarrassment in front of about 30 elementary students crossing the bridge on the left side of the street.
A few minutes, when I finally found my street, I almost fell again, this time on a small patch of ice on the sidewalk of Nevsky Prospect. I was very thankful that I did not because I could have hit my head and break my hips on the hard pavement.
When I got home I had a huge bruise on my knees but thankfully, no broken bones.
Winter in Saint Petersburg is tricky and dangerous for people who are not used to snow and ice. There are large icicles on the roofs which can fall any minute. Most of these areas are cordoned-off to prevent people from walking under it but you can never be sure. The pavements are very slippery and you really have to watch your steps. You can’t hurry here otherwise you will end up hurting yourself. It is essential to have a pair of boots that has a good profile or better yet, have spikes on the soles. I thought my boots were good enough but it failed on that one instance of inattentiveness.