Since the days of the Soviet Union, Russia has loomed large in the American imagination. I travel a lot. So much, in fact, that my friends & family typically don’t pay much attention to where I’m going next. With Russia, though, that wasn’t the case. Everyone from my mother to the guy handling my bags at the Wichita airport seems to be interested in what life is like behind the new Iron Curtain. Hopefully the pictures in this gallery provide a hint.