You’re bound to recognize this place as you come by the First Engineers Bridge: any time of day or night there are crowds of people there, trying to throw coins to land on the head of the little metal bird underneath, called Chizhik-Pyzhik – according to the urban folklore, succeeding in doing so while making a wish will make your wish come true.
Its name comes from an old Russian rhyme, a reference to the green-capped students from the privileged Imperial College of Law on the Fontanka Embankment. (A world renowned composer, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, is one of the graduates of this college).
Chizhik-Pyzhik, where’ve you been?
At Fontanka, Drinking Vodka!