To the Western world Russia remains a mystery, despite current headlines outlining world conflict. Russia remains a symbol of Communism to many, and to others it is bears, vodka, and Adidas. This summer I got the opportunity to travel to the Motherland with my close native Russian and Kazakh friends, and found myself in love. Russia cannot be put into words, so I did my best with photographs. As Winston Churchill once said, "Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."