I spent a semester studying abroad in St. Petersburg and enjoyed every minute of it! The city is so beautiful with all of its different architecture, statues, parks, bridges and canals... bring your cameras!!!
As far as the 'Russian sauna' goes, go to a real Ваня house and have people whip you with birch branches. I know that sounds a tad painful but it's what real Russians do. You sit in a small room with a stove sweating your ass off, then get whipped with branches, then step out and get freezing water poured all over you. It cleanses and shocks your body unlike anything you've experienced!
I'm jealous for those who can attend this weekend getaway. I would do anything to go back to Russia
Live by the sea. Love by the moon.