Russia is a wonderful place to experience.
If you’re moving to the region or if you’re planning to visit soon, it’s going to be such a treat because you’re going to learn a lot of new things - the Russian culture, the Russian language, the Russian history - and meet new people - maybe beautiful Russian women? All of these sound fantastic 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. Some things on this list may sound strange since they are new to you but believe us - you will be happy you learned about them ahead of time.
1. Can't wear shoes inside the house.
The hostess will provide you with a pair of slippers. Don’t forget that you need to leave the slippers there before you go, it’s not yours - the household just let you borrow it.
2. You might find yourself looking for the light switch inside the bathroom.
You will find them outside the room. It's a good idea to remember this so you don't end up frustrated.
3. No whistling indoors!
Don't do it in Russia - it is tied to a superstition that whistling indoors will bring a fire.
4. Did you rent out a condo?
Have a look at your key set - there is a magnet. 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 help from the locals.
5. Do you need to travel somewhere for a mini-vacation or a business trip?
You can't just hug people and storm 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 today.
Do Exactly As They Do
Unusual, right? But, except for the practical things on the list, that’s what Russia is - mostly superstitious. Our advice to you is that you embrace 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.