Russia and its fabulous sense of superstition

superstizione

Russians are a superstitious bunch: 53% of the Russian population believe strongly in superstitions (according to the Levada Centre, 2013)! However, many foreigners have never even heard of a lot of Russian superstitions. During my time in Russia I have noticed several peculiar customs that have turned out to be connected to Russian superstitions, so… Continue reading

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Russian Stereotypes: Times Russia out-Russia-ed herself

The stereotypes of Ladas being a multi-purpose vehicle are, well, largely true...

Russia truly is a wonderful country. It has a fascinating history, a rich language, and is a cultural powerhouse that has greatly contributed to world culture. However, Russia has also acquired some stereotypes over the years for being a country where certain situations only ever seem to happen in Russia. Anyone remember that viral video… Continue reading

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АБВ? Understand the Russian alphabet

It’s always hard learning a new language, particularly when it has a completely different alphabet! If you’re from Europe you’re used to Latin letters and so things can certainly get a little challenging when you make the transition to Cyrillic. But, don’t worry! With the following hints you’ll be able to read the Russian alphabet… Continue reading

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What you need to pack for Saint Petersburg

what to pack for SPB

When you travel to a foreign country, the arrival or the journey itself might be slightly difficult. BUT when you don’t know what the weather is going to be like, that’s when the real challenge starts – at home! I’d like to think I’ve got this particular situation under control, because I’ve already been to… Continue reading

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