Russia is a wonderful place to experience. If you are planning on visiting Russia soon - it will be a treat with its rich history, fascinating language and colorful culture. Every one of these sound excellent but we suggest that you prioritize learning 5 things that you might find weird instead of diving into the country’s history, language and people.
You’re going to find this strange because it’s something you’ve never experienced before but believe is when we say that the following will come in handy when you’re already in Russia (especially the part about the bathroom switch, you’ll know what we mean):
1. No shoes indoors!
You’re going to wear slippers instead which the household will provide for you during your visit at their house. Don't forget to leave the slippers at the door - they weren't a gift.
2. Where are the light switches?
You will find them outside the room. It's a good idea to remember this so you don't end up frustrated.
3. Generally, it’s normal to whistle a song while you’re doing chores or while you’re working on the computer.
NOT in RUSSIA. Don’t even think about it unless you want the people inside the house to think that they’re going to lose all their money because of bad luck.
4. Did you rent out a condo?
You should have a magnet attached to your key chain. It is the key to your aparment building. At least in the big cities, most Russians live in apartment buildings so if you need any assistance then ask for assistance from the locals.
5. Taking a small trip?
Don’t just kiss your loved ones and go out the door. Because of Russian superstition, both you and your loved ones must gather in the living room and sit quietly for a moment. Then your loved ones are able to say goodbyes - it must be done inside the flat. This tradition is ancient and is still followed currently.
Do as the Russians Do
Sounds like an unusual piece of advice but your time in Russia will be better like this. Our advice to you is that you adapt to the culture - be it as full of superstition as it is. Get with the program and just go with the flow - when in Russia, do as the Russians do.