Russia is a vast and fascinating country, with landscapes ranging from sunny beaches to icy tundra, rugged mountains to dense forests and mysterious lakes. In addition to its natural attractions, the country boasts cultural and historic sites that are unique in the world. To see the real Russia, you need to get beyond the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg.
In the wake of the Russia meteor strike so prominent in the news these days, a sort of scientific pilgrimage has affected the small village outside Chelyabinsk where fragments of the space projectile supposedly landed. A frozen lake in the Urals outside Chelyabinsk is thought to have been hit by one of the remnants of the meteorite. Reporting on the event, we also wanted to provide a mini-travel advisory for scientists or tourists headed to this part of the Urals.