The original plan was to explore Russia, Poland, and Ukraine with three of my friends. In the end, we decided to shelf Ukraine due to political instability and focus on Russia and Poland.The first thing we needed was a Russian visa. The application itself took longer to complete than my taxes and might have even required me to divulge more information. As soon as we submitted our applications, it didn’t take long to draw up a list of sites, book the flights, and reserve apartments. This is the fourth trip I have taken with these guys so we’ve got it down to a very simple process.5 weeks later, we were strapped into a jet pointed East.Our first stop - Saint Petersburg.