Now, however, I am keenly aware of how many tourists are visiting St. Petersburg, because tourists bring customers. They visit the shops and galleries in the Grand Central District and are a big part of my student population. I need the traffic to keep my classes full.
The weather has been wintry up north, so we've had a larger than usual demand. We're taking advantage of the influx by offering a few evening classes. By extending our normal hours from closing at 6 PM to closing at 8 PM, I can offer two more classes.
Every little income stream helps. The extra work is beginning to take a toll. I'll be ready for a short break when St. Petersburg returns to the locals for the short time before the Summer vacation begins. The trick is to enjoy the visitors while they're here -- and enjoy the quiet when they're gone.
Where are you going for Spring Break?
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