Russia isn't an obvious destination for coaster enthusiasts, as the vast majority of the known credits (around sixty at the time of writing) are not worth travelling for even the most unapologetic CreHo. Be that as it may, I've wanted to visit the home of Tetris and Tchaikovsky for many years, so I decided to join a few other enthusiasts on a long weekend taking in Moscow and St Petersburg.
Foreign visitors to Russia require a visa, and the paperwork requirements for obtaining one are onerous to say the least. The first step is to acquire a Tourist Invitation and a Travel Voucher. Hotels and travel companies can help with these, but it is probably easier to get them on the Internet through a company like Real Russia. Next, one needs to fill out and print an online Visa Form, and some of the questions asked are extremely detailed; Americans, for example, are required to list every country they have visited in the previous decade with dates. Once the form is complete, some nationalities can bring a printout to their nearest embassy, while others are required to send their documents to a processing company that adds a hefty administration fee; Megan had to pay a little over three hundred dollars for hers.
Independent travellers should be aware that the vast majority of signage in Russia is printed in cyrillic lettering only without transliterations, and this includes the Metro system in Moscow. This strange alphabet is readable by foreigners with a little patience, but it does take quite a bit of getting used to as several of the Roman characters (such as B, C, H, and P) have different sounds to those found in English.