I am a 25 year old from Canada, recently finished a degree in Russian language and literature. I work as a tour guide in Toronto, but am currently off travelling in Russia, where most of my solo travel exprerience has been. I'm including a short description of those previous trips, so if you have a specific question about any of the places or activities that they involved, feel free to ask!
My first trip to Russia was in 2008, volunteering with the Great Baikal Trail group, as well as traveling by rail through Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Suzdal, Kazan, Irkutsk, and Ulan Ude.
Last year, I lived in St Petersburg for three months, from May to August, as part of a scholarship through my school. During that time I volunteered with kids with dissabilities and also took an intensive course at the St Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, studying acting and taking in some amazing theatre around the city. I also had the chance to solo-it up to the Solovetsky Islands, in the far north of western Russia, not far from the Arctic circle. If you have a chance to go there, and you are interested in history (albeit some dark stuff - along with being the site of ancient labyrinths and a beautiful medieval monastery, it was also where Stalin built one of the most brutal and horrifying prison camps in the GULAG system), I recommend the trip.
Currently, I am traveling from Moscow to Vladivostok and back again through the fall/winter, to get a sense of some of the parts of this amazing country that I have never had a chance to see before. I'll update as I go, but so far the highlight has been the incredible Barguzin Valley, near Lake Baikal. Do a google-image search, like I did when this all began, and you'll see an example of the wild and amazing nature there!
And of course, if you have any questions about Canada, especially Toronto, please feel free!
All the best, Emma
Moscow, St Petersburg, Barguzin Valley (Siberia), Cuba, Canada