Russia is a wonderful place to experience.
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. 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 ahead of time.
1. Can't wear shoes inside the house.
You’re going to wear slippers instead which the household will provide for you during your visit at their house. Don't forget to leave the slippers at the door - they weren't a gift.
2. You might find yourself trying to find the light switch inside the bathroom.
Don’t bother. Stop what you’re doing, step outside the room for a second and look for the switch there. Good thing to remember to avoid potential frustration.
3. 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. Did you rent an apartment?
Have a look at your key set - there is a magnet. It is the key to 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. Taking a small trip?
Don’t just kiss your loved ones and go out the door. According to a Russian tradition, you and your loved ones need to gather in a room and enjoy a quiet moment together. Then your loved ones are able to say goodbyes - it must be done inside the flat. This tradition is ancient and is still put into practice even today.
Do as the Russians Do
Strange, right? But, except for the practical things on the list, that’s what Russia is - mostly superstitious. Not every Russian lives their life around a list of superstitions but they do feel very strongly about it. When visiting Russia - just do as the locals do.