I was mad enough to spend three months travelling around Russia in Winter. As with all places, there are stereotypes. Which are true? And which turned out to be rubbish? Let’s find out from my 20 quick observations on Russia based on my experience.
Quick Observations on Russia:
- Russia is the only country I have been to, where you can go to a fast food (Teremok) and get pancakes with caviar as a filling
- You never shake a womans hand in Russia when meeting her as I discvoered in Saratov with Sergei, Olga and 2 Germans
- Russians drink a lot less vodka than you think
- Russians dont say Ha здоровье
- Russians do say до свида́ния
- All questions can be answered with either нормально or я не знаю
- Russian men love to wear black
- Russian men aren’t all alcoholics
- Russian women love knee high black boots
- Russian women love fur coats
- Russian women aren’t all gold diggers
- Bears don’t walk down Russian streets – apparently some people believe this
- Lada Samara and Riva estate cars are still everywhere in Russia
- You really need to have a special mentality to survive winter in Russia
- The people in Kazan and Siberia where the nicest that I met
- You haven’t lived until you have tried powdered mashed potato and pasta on a 36 hour train journey
- I could stuff my face with Georgian food everyday and be very happy
- The Spanish guy i met in Volgograd in January going to Yakutsk, where it can be -65C, is probably dead now
- Marshrutkas are the best form of transport. Imagine minivans which would fit 20 people in the UK, except in Russia and Ukraine, 200 people can get on
- And finally, never lose your winter coat, hat and gloves at 6am in Siberia in January!
So those are my quick observations on Russia. Have you ever been? What would you add to this list?