I am probably not the world’s worst tourist, but I am pretty bad. For the most part seeing stuff, no matter how impressive or famous that stuff is, is not very interesting to me. When I go somewhere with work, I go there to work, and when I am not working I am probably in the hotel trying to rest. But every so often I do find my self somewhere inspiring, where I have to visit some iconic place.
So it was when I was recently in St Petersburg. Like all sensible tourists, from the moment I knew I was going there my only thought was to visit the most iconic spot in entire city: The Platonov Volleyball Academy. The Platonov Volleyball Academy was established by renowned Soviet coach Vyacheslav Platonov and opened shortly before he died. It is privately owned and run by a foundation. From its conception it was intended to be a fully self contained living and training environment for young athletes with living quarters, training facilities, restaurant and even a hairdresser. It also contains a small museum devoted to his career and achievements. It is the home of the Automobilist club in the second Russian League, and hosts a memorial tournament for its founder each pre season.
Thanks to Platonov’s daughter, Olga, I was able to arrange a visit and a tour. I took a few photos. Everyone should go there. Hover over the individual photo for a caption, click for full size. Read the story of the ‘Dollar Bill’ here. Learn more about the English translation of his book here.
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