06.13.2013 - 06.14.2013
In this part of the world and at this time of the year, the light is long and the dark is short.
A tour company offers a bike ride from 10:30 PM until 2 AM to celebrate the event.
Fortunately, my Couch Surfing host and a Friendship Force traveler wanted to go to the event.
Every night the bridges around the main city are raised to allow the entry of the cargo ships for unloading. One of the events of the bike tour was to watch one of the bridges shut down and raised.
Although this was an interesting event, Olga lived in the suburbs. The bridges follow a timed cycle to be raised. We watched this bridge around 1:30. We then had to ride back to the tour agency, drop off our bikes, jump in our taxi, and get to our bridge before 2:20. Around 1:50, our taxi was calling us and asking when we would be at the tour company. Fortunately, our tour arrived at exactly 2 AM and we crossed our bridge in the taxi at 2:10 AM. The bridges do not go down until around 5 AM and the metros stop running between 1 and 5 AM.