Russia is a wonderful place to experience.
If you’re migrating to the region or if you’re preparing to visit 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? Surely that sounds like tons of fun but your focus should be on learning what you need to know before you go. 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. No shoes indoors!
You will be putting on slippers instead - the hostess will provide them. Don't forget to leave the slippers at the door - they weren't a gift.
2. The light switches?
You will find them outside the room. This may save you embarrassment in some situations.
3. No whistling indoors!
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?
Have a look at your key set - there is a magnet. That opens the door yo your apartment building. The 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 vacation
Don't think you can just kiss your family and take off. Russian customs say that you and your loved ones need to gather inside a living room for a moment. Your loved ones might then say their goodbyes to you since goodbyes should be done inside the flat. It is a superstition that people still follow.
Act Like the Locals Act
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 strongly about it. It is easier - when in any foreign country - do what the locals do.