Yes, I like it a lot. Russia still has a real air of mystery about it, even though they are rapidly becoming more and more like the west, especially in places like St. Petersburg and Moscow. People are starting to get credit cards and becoming slaves to debt. Consumerism is on the rise, and Russians now have access to all the electronics and gadgets we do in the west such as iPhones, iPads and big screen TVs, even though their living standards are somewhat lower. Average monthly wage here is around US$1,000 to US$1,500.
I lived here for seven and a half months last year and I’ll be here until just before Christmas this time. St. Petersburg is a very beautiful city. The airport code is still LED for Leningrad and statues of Lenin are still dotted around the city and his face shows up here and there in various metro stations. Russians seem reluctant to rid themselves of all the artifacts of their 20th century history entirely, although Stalin is nowhere to be seen.
The city is unique in its architectural beauty and easily compares to Paris and Rome. Highlights are Palace Square, Hermitage Museum, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Issac’s cathedral, The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, Kazan Cathedral. Actually, there is too much here to mention. Definitely worth visiting if you’re the sort of person who loves to travel. I rate the Hermitage over the Louvre, which makes it the finest museum/art gallery in the world IMO.