When I asked my friend Enrico to tell me about his travels, maybe the time he went to Japan or Russia, he had no doubt about which one to choose. Enrico visited Russia first as a students and a few years later, in 2014, he moved there for a few month. He has so many good memories of this country, but his favourite place was the Red Square in Moscow.

“Even though Japan is beautiful, Russia and, above all Moscow, have a whole different meaning to me, more intimate, for a lot of reasons.

Although I already had amazing memories of Russia from the time spent there as a student/tourist a few years earlier, living there for a few months made me fall in love with the country even more. I have seen it changing over the years, becoming a western metropolis, so far from that soviet soul that still tries to resist under its skin.

And this is exactly the sensation that the Red Square gives me – I remember I saw it for the first time at sunrise and it was empty. The walls of the Kremlin and Saint Basil, despite being popular touristic destinations, still keep the soul and authenticity of Russia, a mix between soviet and sacred values.”

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