1. Beauty is Power and Respect
Russian women are so dedicated to looking beautiful it’s just down right scary. Life for a majority of them is like a podium, just going out to get a newspaper or walking the dog they have to look like a million bucks. Most women wear high heels every day and just don’t worry about the lack of comfort since it makes them looks great. When asking a certain woman why she has never appears at work wearing the same outfit twice. Her answer why she cares so much about her appearance: “Why would any woman not choose to look beautiful? Beauty is about power and respect. How would you get any man to notice your rich inner world if you don’t attract their attention first?”
The worst part is, if you think you want to date a Russian girl you will either have to kick it up a notch or put some effort into looking decent, otherwise everyone will be looking at you and wondering, what the heck is gorgeous woman doing with a slob?
2. Loyalty Is the Key to Their Heart.
A Russian girl will be your most devoted friend, your best advisor, critic and even your doctor if you are sick. Ladies in Russia are caring and tender, and whatever happens, they will be by your shoulder ready to face any trouble together. The best example of loyalty of Russian women: in the 19th century there was a riot against the tsar, and the aristocrats who participated in that riot were sentenced for a lifelong exile and hard labor in Siberia. Their wives followed them voluntarily to cold deserted lands and shared the punishment.
A Russian woman truly believes that her partner is the best person on the planet, the most talented, the strongest, the smartest — and she is sincere about that, because she values herself highly too. And if she believes she is the queen, she’d only choose the king and treat him like the king – with the respect, care, love and support.
If you think loyalty is unnecessary and boring, don’t date Russians.
3. Passing the Test – Visiting the Parents.
This is dangerous. Visiting your girlfriend’s house will be accompanied with feasts (soups, meat, soups with meat, salads consisting of 50% mayo, potatoes, potatoes, bliny with mince and more potatoes, and then a cake for dessert), and as it is not polite to not finish your meal in Russia, you will have to deal with all that amount of food. You’d expect help from your beloved, but when it comes to hospitality, all Russians tend to become unreasonable and overfeed their guests until it is hard to move. She will probably offer you another piece of pie. Is dating a Russian girl worth putting on a lot of weight?
And don’t forget the initiation: the dad will most likely test you at some point. You should prove that the family can trust you with their precious child. Tests are different in each family. Just remember you might be asked to sit and drink a full bottle of vodka with the father. Fail this part of the test you will be considered too weak to protect your woman in case of danger. Don’t worry if you pass the test successfully, it will be celebrated with more cake.
4. Independent, yet still very feminine.
Nekrasov, a Russian 19th century poet said: “a Russian woman can stop a galloping horse and enter the burning house.” This is a powerful image of an independent woman who doesn’t really need any help or protection from her man. Women in Russia do not believe in ideal relationships and think that even if their Prince Charming finds them, they have to be able to live on their own. Building a career and getting a second degree often sounds more appealing than trying to find someone who will value their personality and freedom.
A Russian woman will be very independent in a relationship, and very stubborn, too (know this one personally). But on the other hand, expect bravery in danger and trouble, and the strength that will help both of you overcome the most difficult times.
5. Be The Man – Be Like Putin
Here in Russia, women are very demanding. They don’t want just a guy who will love them with all their hearts. They want the best man alive to love them madly. Good old fashion manners are still very important: you are expected to open doors, help to put on coats, and it’s an absolute must that you bring flowers when you go on a date. If you are not a gentleman, don’t even bother trying.
Russian women just plain won’t pay any attention if you don’t do these kinds of things for them. Don’t forget, be a valiant knight! Offer your seat on the bus or metro to elderly people or saving a kitten from a pack of stray dogs. I heard about one man who jumped into the sewer to save a tiny duckling that fell through the grate – in the eyes of his girlfriend he was a real hero.
6. Challenge of the Russian Ice Queen
Russians are reserved and try to keep the distance before allowing you become close to them. Most Russian women can create the impression of being a real Ice Queen, even if she likes you (especially if she really likes you!). I heard about one guy who when he went to visit his girlfriend in Moscow here’s what he shared about his experience. He said,“When we started dating, I was challenged with the wall of ice between us, as if she didn’t want to open up or let me closer. It took a while but slowly, step by step, I discover that underneath all that ice there was the most loving and caring person in the world.” This is why men come to Russia, despite the ice there’s real warmth.
7. Surfing the Russian Food Experiment
For many Russian women cooking is a way to show their love, so be ready for food experiments. At first the cuisine might seem absolutely normal and even a bit boring. But when you get to eat Russian food more often than during occasional visit to her parents, you will have more and more questions. What is that weird purple salad? Beetroot with herring? Pancakes with caviar? Why is she putting cabbage in pies (and everywhere else)? How many variations of pickles are there on Earth? Fermented rye bread drink…well, that one is surprisingly decent! You might hate most of the meals, but occasionally there will be something great (like maybe there’s no cabbage in there)