Oh, there is a lot of fun in Siberia actually! You can intrigue against the tsar, try to make a revolution, and after that you can get a free house and a job in the mines! Just kidding. I lived in Siberia for more than 19 years. I finished high school and university in Omsk, a big city in southwestern Siberia.
Stepping out of my flat today, in shorts, a tank top and flip-flops, as I walk to my yoga class around the corner from my apartment, soaking up Singapore's hot and humid equatorial heat at a constant steamy 30 degrees Celsius, it's very difficult for me to imagine that in a few weeks' time I will be at the very heart of Siberia.