This trip includes my hilarious and adventurous friend Janet. She’s a guerrilla artist, a promoter of whimsy, and an adventurous eater. As a testament to her impulsive love of fun, she only decided to join me a few weeks ago. She doesn’t know any Russian and has never had any particular interest in Russia. This means she is gloriously agenda-free. We’ll start with a few days in St. Petersburg with the Amazing Tatiana and then we’ll return to Moscow, where I’ll do some work and Janet will wander around, seeking out the unusual.