Russia is a wonderful place to experience.
Whether you are migrating or just visiting Russia, it will be a memorable trip because you get to experience the culture, the language, the traditions. Surely that sounds like tons of fun but your focus should be on learning what you need to know before you go. 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 in advance.
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 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. This may save you embarrassment in some situations.
3. We, under western culture, find whistling while working or doing what have you a normal activity.
Don't do it in Russia - it is tied to a superstition that whistling indoors will bring a fire.
4. Renting an apartment?
You should have a magnet attached to your key chain. It is the key to your apartment 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?
Do not think you can just kiss your family and take off. Russian customs say that you and your loved ones need to gather inside a living room for a moment. Then your loved ones are able to say goodbyes - it must be done inside the flat. This is a traditional Russian custom and Russians feel that it will ensure your safe return.
Act Like the Locals Act
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. When in an unfamiliar country - just do as the locals do.