I arrived in St. Petersburg on a Sunday morning under a gloomy, grey weather. And it was cold. Sergei the driver picked me up at the airport and we headed to CEC's office, located in the beautiful and spacious apartment of Jane Lombard, the chairman of CEC. Jane's place was absolutely beautiful, decorated with antique furniture and Russian and Easter European artifacts. I felt like I was in "Dr. Zhivago". The only bad thing about the place was that it was so pleasant and warm that I didn't feel like going out at all.