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St. Petersburg, Russia

To enter Russia, I needed to get a visa, which included getting an invitation from someone in Russia. The hotel I reserved provided the invitation, and I went through a company to get the visa since there is not a Russian Embassy in Chicago. The process went easily and fairly quickly. I took the train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg. It was a nice ride and customs/border crossing was handled during the trip.