A difficult problem presents itself ceaselessly to the Russian – the problem of organizing his vast territory. The immensity of Russia, the absence of boundaries, was expressed in the structure of the Russian soul. The landscape of the Russian soul corresponds with the landscape of Russia, the same boundlessness, formlessness, reaching out into infinity.

– Nikolai Berdyaev

Nowhere I’ve travelled have I found it as hard to find my footing as in Russia.

By turns complicated, frustrating, disorganised and confusing. And yet somehow also beautiful, welcoming and disconcertingly familiar.

Russia will make you work to understand her, but once you’ve unlocked her secrets, there’s magic to be found here.

You might think you know what you’ll find here. Russia is, after all, a country that everyone has an opinion about. But the world’s largest country can never be one thing.

I know what I’m talking about. After all, I ended up living here for seven months when the world locked down. Russia taught me that control is an illusion. Lean into the uncertainty, embrace the fatalistic Russian approach to life, and simply enjoy the ride.

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