Russia is a very exciting country to visit.
If you’re moving to the region or if you’re planning to visit Russia 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? That all sounds superb but we recommend that you take some time and learn what unfamiliar things may be awaiting you. 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. You are not allowed to wear your shoes inside the house.
You will be putting on slippers instead - the hostess will provide them. Remember do leave them by the front door on your way out.
2. You'll find yourself looking for the light switch inside the bathroom.
In the majority of Russian households you can find them not inside but outside of the room. This may save you embarassement in some situations.
3. Typically, it’s normal to whistle a song while you’re doing house work 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. Renting an apartment?
Take out your keys an see if there’s a little magnet attached to it. 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. Going on a small holiday
You can't just hug people and storm out the door. Because of Russian superstition, 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 is a classic Russian custom and Russians believe that it will ensure your safe return.
Do as the Russians Do
Unusual, right? But, with the exception of the practical things on the list, that’s what Russia is - mostly superstitious. Not every Russian lives their life around a list of superstitions but they do feel very srtongly about it. Get with the program and just go with the flow - when in Russia, do as the Russians do.