1: Despite having the best subway system in the world, there are millions of Muscovite’s who refuse to ever take it, and spend half their lives stuck in traffic.
2: A Russian will use the slightest reason to bring everyone gifts of chocolate. “It’s your birthday in four and a half months? Wow! Chocolate for the entire office!”
3: On New Year’s, don’t surprised if you are invited out at 11:30 pm, drink champagne and cognac until 6 am, eat herring under a fur coat and olivia salad in a kitchen, and then party in a flat for three more days.
4: The only alcohol-free zones in Russia are McDonald’s.
5: Smiling for no reason makes Russians angry.
6: Borscht, cabbage rolls and pirogies are actually Ukrainian.
7: Russians don’t send their elderly to nursing homes or make their children leave after 18; instead they all live together in the same 1-bedroom flat.
8: Despite the small roads and the frustrating traffic jams, Russians still buy giant SUVs
9: Sushi is more popular in Russia than in Japan. Interesting article on this here
10: In fact, Japan is more popular in Russia than in Japan. Or is it the other way around?
11: Russians are extremely friendly if they’ve known you for more than ten minutes. If you’ve known a Russian for at least a week, you will be invited to meet their family. At home, on the train. It just doesn’t matter.
12: Russians are also extremely emotional and passionate, and although they don’t show emotion in public, they cry and laugh and shout and play more than Italians.
13: Russians care more about the philosophical side of living than the material, and have a folk song for every situation.
14: Most Russians are very superstitious, and new-age superstitions are en vogue.
15: Russians love McDonald’s, KFC
, Subway and Burger King more than Americans.
16: Just some things that Russians excel at, Dash-cams, Ballet, Vodka, and much more.
17: Russians cannot do anything that requires putting a car in reverse. It can take the average Russian driver ten minutes to parallel park (I’ve seen it countless times). The police, well that’s another matter.
18: Winters in Russia are actually quite beautiful, and Russians are fantastic winter drivers.
19: Russians are actually freer than westerners; there are less laws and social constraints, and yet the crime rate is lower than in the US