10. All Russians are communists. Russia had a communist government when it became part of the Soviet Union in 1922. But it wasn’t a communist state before that and it hasn’t been since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. In fact, the Russian government was occasionally criticized in the 1990s for having too few regulations … More Some misconceptions about Russia and Russians.
Life on Reunion Island It is the people of Réunion who add a living soul to the ‘intense isle’. It is a true melting pot and a ‘rainbow nation’ far exceeding that of South Africa. After spending some time communing with nature in the mountains or amongst the coral, take time to experience a culture … More Mirror Reflections – Reunion Island & Russia
Something to reflect on in 2014 I thought I’d give everyone a small taste of what life is like here in Russia. I must admit I haven’t spoken a lot about what I’ve seen up to now, I’d say the reason is I haven’t felt truly qualified to say much. It’s like being an observer … More Happy Holidays – Something to reflect on in 2014
In the days of the Soviet Union, Christmas was suppressed and not celebrated very much if at all. To most Russians now New Year day has become the most important event of the year. It’s a time when you will find entire neighborhoods up until the wee hours of the morning shooting off fireworks. Gathering … More S Rozhdestvom – Merry Christmas
Life in Malaysia From the Expat Experience While Queensland is battling some of the fiercest weather I’ve ever seen, Loic is back in Singapore practicing his photography skills and enjoying cultural events. Nice for some. Here’s a few of the pics he took last weekend. The park across the road from our apartment (Fort Canning) … More Mirror Reflections – Malaysia & Russia
So seeing Russians trying to get a tan isn’t all that unusual. But they aren’t at the beach and waves you think you’re seeing…… well that’s snow. Now that I have you attention these are our hardcore sunworshippers catching a few rays in the middle of winter. It make you wonder how well goosebumps get … More Picture of the Day – Dec. 3
Sumo People of Nicaragua Nicaragua It is a Spanish-speaking country. Ninety five percent of the people speak Spanish, and the other five percent is indigenous languages including Miskito, Sumo, Rama, Garifuna, and Creole. Their address system is very unique. The do not use any street names to get around. Instead they use reference points and … More Mirror Reflections – Nicaragua & Russia
Mystery Valley, Colorado Now I’ve seen this on the Indian reservations but didn’t think anybody with a lick of sense would use a loo like this but then I’ve been proved wrong on many things. This little habitat for taking care of business is in Mystery Valley, Colorado. Can’t imagine why it’s called that, never … More Who’s Crazier – Coloradans vs Russians
Mexico vs Russia Never thought I’d post this one, but here it is! The Crusher from Russia vs. The Mexico Masher Let the games begin. Related articles Mirror Reflections – Mexico & Russia (hague6185.wordpress.com) Who’s Crazier – Croatians vs Russians (hague6185.wordpress.com)
Foreigners are constantly told that Russians are surprisingly, “unsmiling people”. They write about it in their blogs and guidebooks , ask about it in person , share it with their friends and acquaintances . Indeed, we smile much less of other nationalities , but as it turns out , we have our reasons . Renowned … More “Sorry” there are no plastic smiles in Russia
Life in Israel This past Thursday marked the conclusion of the 10th Annual Jerusalem Wine Tasting Festival, which began on August 5th and ran through the week. Each night, people could visit the event from from 7-11pm at The Israel Museum. Included in the ticket price was a wine glass, all of the wine I … More Mirror Reflections – Israel & Russia
Life in Mexico From a post on Mexico’s Mystic’s Blog The Best things in Life are free. Quite often they really are free. Today we dropped by the Culture House in Puebla and saw a live performance of a Band called Bandula. And they were very good, great muisic, good costumes and a terrific performance, … More Mirror Reflections – Mexico & Russia
The other day I was out for a walk (minding my own business) and ran into the Russian Mafia. I kindly asked if it would be okay to take their picture. At this point they all politely stood up and smiled. As you can see they are armed to the teeth. They say the Russian … More Picture of the Day – Oct. 14
Tuva: Russia’s Tibet Tuva, like Tibet, consists of a mountainous, underdeveloped region tucked away in the Eurasian heartland, traditionally inhabited by Buddhist herdsmen, and relatively recently added to the state’s official domain as a strategic buffer. Both Tuvans and Tibetans chafe at the cultural and demographic dilution of their homelands as Han Chinese and Russian … More Tuva Republic – The land of the Blue-eyed and Fair-haired People of Siberia
It seems like it was just yesterday that I arrive here in Russia, but in the reality it’s been almost a year. The starting of a new life here has been incredible. I want to thank all my family, friends, and readers for the support that you have given. As “Life in Russia” grows and … More Picture of the Day – Sept. 1
Negotiating with Russians There is a great Russian proverb: “Don’t hurry to reply, but hurry to listen.” Most Americans will generally regard compromise as desirable and inevitable, to them it’s a logical way of doing business. But Russians regard this kind of compromise as a sign of weakness, they feel it’s a retreat from what … More So you want to negotiate with Russians
The True Russian Heart Hospitality is a great Russian virtue. Russian hospitality is known all over the world. Russian people are glad to welcome its guests and care of them as if they were relatives. An invitation to a Russian’s home is a real treat and education into the true meaning of hospitality. Visit a … More The True Russian Heart
State and Society The Russian Heritage Russia has a history of power centrally concentrated in the economy, culture, education, media, religion, and citizens private lives. Initiative has been stifled in the process. The Bureaucracy In the USSR many officials considered themselves a superior species, appointed to drive the herds of human cattle. Nepotism, friendships, or … More Culture and Character of Russia Part II
Culture and Character Egalitarianism Egalitarianism is a social philosophy that advocates the removal of inequities among persons and a more equal distribution of benefits. This is rooted in the agricultural village milieu, not an invention of Communism. Peasants could not leave the mir without an internal passport, issued by their heads of household. Russians are … More Culture and Character of Russia
America and Russia Similarities Both countries are multi-ethnic, continental, great powers, expansionist, tamed a wilderness, and settled by a variety of diverse groups. Both regard themselves as chosen nations with a messianic mission, destined to bring their own versions of enlightenment to less fortunate people, They are both Nuclear powers. The countries both think BIG, … More Russian / American Cultural Contrasts
Had a real good laugh at this one. The caption reads: Good Luck. Guess Pickles and milk don’t mix. Duh, like picking your teeth. Related articles Russian Wedding Turns into Massive Crash [Video] (autoevolution.com)
Rumors are swirling that Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko is ready to buy a block of oceanfront property in Venice, the Los Angeles suburb. Melnichenko’s distinctive 394-foot yacht was spotted off the coast, fueling speculation. Several web sites picked up on the report, which centers on a block of Ocean Front Walk, home to the city’s … More The Russians are Coming – “to Venice”
1. Underground Passages – where you cross the street without stoplights or the dangers of traffic. Most of them are lined with kiosks selling flowers, food, shoes, tickets to cultural shows, books, and other necessities. These “переходи” are especially useful during the brutal winters. Some are simple passageways, others are grand labyrinthine shopping malls. The … More Ten things Russians want you to know about real life in Russia.
1: Russians distrust anything cheap. (no wal-marts in Russia) 2: The English word “bargain” can not be adequately translated into Russian. 3: Although Russians distrust anything with a cheap price, they are fine with freebies. (Americans too) 4: A Russian who reaches high levels of power feels it his his/her duty to put … More So you want to know a little about Russians? Part I
Have you ever heard about the “mysterious Russian soul” when someone starts talking about Russia or Russians. If you plan to come to Russia, or if you just want to understand them then you’ll find the following article of interest. Levada Analytical Center, non-governmental research organization in Russia, published some interesting results – statistics on … More What are the Morals of Russians?
Ten Things Never to Say or Do in Russia Sometimes, knowing what NOT to do is even more important if you want to fit in or at least produce a good impression. Read on to find out about ten Russian social taboos. Don’t come to visit empty-handed If you’re invited over for dinner, or just … More Ten Things Never to Say or Do in Russia
Russian people are not used to trusting everything cheap. Particular Russian feature is to sit up late in the kitchen and have so-called “about-life” conversations. Russian people avoid speaking about their jobs. (my favorite – Americans talk way to much about their jobs when they should be talking about relationships) The intelligence level is of … More A little bit about Russians
Moscow is the first city in the world estimated by the number of millionaires, so it proves its status of the world’s most expensive city. There are more than 40 operating fountains and 5 cascades in Peterhof, located in the suburbs of St.Petersburg. “Alexander and Natalie” located in the famous Arbat Street is the only … More More Interesting Facts about Russia
“In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.” Janos Arany quotes Budapest described in three words? Exotic, eclectic, electric Egzotikus, eklektikus, elektromos “My wish for you… is that your skeptic-eclectic brain be flooded with the light of truth.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Moscow described in three words? It’s a thousand pities!
So it happened, I was finally asked the question! What question is that you might ask? Well I can share about all kinds of things about Russia, its culture, it’s mysteries, its history, quotes and the list goes on. So what is it? Food, that’s the answer. What do we eat here in Russia. What … More So what’s the Question?