I have been fortunate to visit Moscow twice for work and have the privilege of my friends showing me this amazing city. Moscow surprised me. The scale of the Stalinist Moscow State University building is impressive (housing 30,000 students). The airports are efficient, the Sapsan train is as fast as a bullet and the city exudes wealth. St Basil’s cathedral looks like something out of a Disney movie and the middle age weaponry on display in the Kremlin is formidable. A friend showed me Arbat Street and the hills above the city. I saw young people having lots of fun, riding the latest motorbikes, like the Ducati 1098.