Russian etiquette – Do’s and Don’ts when visiting Russia

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Russian society is marked by ancient traditions and habits. They are very cultural and so they easily recognize other cultures by their behavior. Sometimes these other behaviors may even be considered offensive to Russian citizens. So you should know about the table manners, Russian gestures and traditions, if you want to experience a stay without… Continue reading

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The Homestay Experience: Living with a Russian Babushka

The Homestay experience can seem daunting, but after a while, you'll settle right in!

When I studied in St Petersburg last year, I decided to stay with a host-family, or homestay. I had done the same when I studied in Yaroslavl, so I had an idea of what to expect. Nonetheless, it was still a daunting prospect. I was still apprehensive about a few things; would I get on… Continue reading

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Russian Remedy to Cold Weather: Ushanka

Wearing animal skin or fur in order to keep the head warm and protect it from the cold weather is a very old tradition, popular since the ancient times. Nowadays they are still used. There are many different types of hats to choose from: top hats, knitted headpieces, earmuffs, bonnets, football caps and many others.… Continue reading

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Let me just Yandex that: Russian search engine

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Let me just Yandex that-Russian search engine Like most of you, I had never heard of Yandex (Яндекс) before coming to Russia. I knew that Yahoo used to be the big thing before Google. But Yandex? No, never heard of it. So obviously it shocked me a little bit when I found out that about… Continue reading

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Goodbye Russia! Oli, Signing off

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Goodbye Russia! Oli, Signing off After several months in Russia, it is time for me to say goodbye. I have had a wonderful time here at Liden & Denz and I have met some lovely people. Although I had already had some experience of Russia and St. Petersburg, I still can’t help but feel like… Continue reading

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