Russia is a very exciting country to visit.
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. All of these sound fantastic but we suggest that you prioritize learning 5 things that you might find weird instead of diving into the country’s history, language and people. 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. Can't wear shoes inside the house.
The hostess will provide you with a pair of slippers. 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'll find yourself looking for the light switch inside the bathroom.
You will find them outside the room. It's a good idea to remember this so you don't end up frustrated.
3. Whistling indoors.
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?
Have a look at your key set - there is a magnet. No its not for the fridge. It’s a sort of key for getting into your apartment building. Majority of Russians living in apartments are familiar with this little magnet so if you have a friend that does live in one, make him or her show you what magnet we’re talking about.
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 tradition is ancient and is still followed today.
Do as the Russians Do
Sounds like an unusual piece of advice but your time in Russia will be better like this. 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 visiting Russia, do as the Russians do.