Truth be told, I know very little about the country of Russia. And that is precisely why I want to travel there. In the past, I've shied away from the thought of visiting Russia because IT IS COLD!! I've learned, however, that the summers can be quite nice, especially if you visit during the white nights, where the sky stays lit all night. (How romantic!) Then, take into account the gorgeous architecture with both Asian and European influences, the immense history, and the world-renowned ballet. Sounds like a brilliant place to visit!