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Russia

Country #23

Dazzling with grandeur,
Historic and imposing,
Snow-covered Red Square.

In 2006, I was lucky enough to be allowed to tag along with my schoolmates who had organised a Year 13 History trip to Russia (I didn't study History at the time). It was a remarkable experience, especially so because we went in February, so it was incredibly snowy which added a lot to the atmosphere.

We started off in Moscow. Huge, Soviet buildings tower across the city, and people walk busily from A to B in thick fur coats, shielding themselves from the wind and snow. I remember thinking how many people were employed as snow sweepers, to keep the city clean and walk-able. The visual brilliance of places like the Kremlin need to be seen in person to be fully experienced.

We also spent a few days in St Petersburg. The colours of many of the grand buildings are incredible, and I remember visiting a few Orthodox Churches, with spectacular light blue and gold interiors, and being blown away. All in all, I feel privileged to have witnessed some of the best tourist sights that Russia has to offer.