My family and I returned from a trip to the Russian Federation to attend the Olympics and to visit Moscow and St. Petersburg. Mr. Fowler at Russian Tour Guide helped to coordinate our time in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The details of the trip was created to meet our needs and what we wanted to experience. After our arrival in both Moscow and St. Petersburg, the wonderful guides provided by Mr. Fowler took the time to understand our comfort levels and concerns about being first time visitors to their country. It was also exhibited to us by our two drivers that helped to get us to all our destinations and back safely to our hotel. I only wished we had more time to spend in Russia with so much to see.
We were asked by many of our friends, family and anyone that knew we were going to Russia; Are you Crazy? While we have not traveled extensively throughout the world, we do travel several times a year to different places. In all of those travels, there are always concerns and worries where common sense and being aware of your surroundings is what is most important.
The reality of the current situation in Eastern Europe had become more intense while we were still in Russia. I never felt afraid for our personal safety or people treating us differently because we are US citizens. It was the complete opposite. Many of the Russian people were curious about us and wanted to take pictures with us at the Olympics. Simple acts of kindness were experienced by my family while in Russia. A young security officer chased me down because I had dropped an empty bag and was not aware of it. The same thing happened in Moscow when my scarf fell on the ground on a very busy street. A man on the Sapsan train took the time to explain to us what the train conductor was checking for when passing through. In the three weeks that we spent in Russia, I found the people that we encountered to be friendly and helpful to us especially my nine year old daughter. It was comfortable enough for us to just have a snack on the street in both Moscow and St. Petersburg without our guides or being able to converse in Russian.
Traveling to the Russian Federation does require a visa and a little more attention to immigration and passport details, but following straightforward instructions made it a relatively quick and easy process entering and exiting the country. Mr. Fowler can assist with you with that as well.
I hope to return to the Russian Federation with my family in the future and will utilize the services of Mr. Fowler and his associates again when we do.
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