My most recent trip abroad took me to St Petersburg. It was just a brief visit from Wednesday to Friday, although I think it was pretty appropriate to end it on the Finnish independence day.
I had never been to Russia before, so it was an entirely new experience for me. It only takes three hours and 30 minutes to get from Helsinki to St Petersburg using the Allegro train. Considering this, it kind of feels ridiculous how you need to apply for visa filling all sorts of forms and giving all sorts of credentials. I actually did not even have the passport until the trip, so that made the process even more ridiculous – everything for just a three-day trip.