Hello everyone! You guys know me best From my
Japan comps but did you know I was born m
Russia? I enjoy sharing my Russian culture with
people but We heard quite a Few myths about my
country and people over the years. so grab your
comrades pour some vodka and join this crazy gal
as she kills some myths yet again!
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Yes, Russia is one or the slurs "mun
coldest countries in the world At,
in the winter, with nests or ii?; I
up to -30 degrees Celsius N T
Fahrenheit) common in the
Moscow area and getting even A
colder Further North.
However. a lot of regions m
Russia also have incredibly
warm summers, and very mild
Fall and spring seasons.
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Russia is not any more dangerous than '
any other big country! OF course,
every city has its bad neighborhoods, .
and you‘ re looking For trouble, you
will always Find it. However, you
abide by normal sway rules and don' t
do anything illegal. you will not be m
any more danger than you would be m
New York or Paris. There are also a
lot OF police m Russia. which can be a
different problem. but also means that
it' s very salt on Russian streets.
Russians love alcohol m general, i’ -» 1.. _
and vodka especially. but most ' _ I
or them are not alcoholics.
Russians drink a lot, but
because of this they have a very
high alcohol tolerance! Yes, _
alcohol is present at almost "cc. , _ -
every occasion m Russia, but "Fart tin: eat it big piece "
this is a matter or custom and Breded aith it Wt "F Butter
also be less intense*
Russians actually love
American trends, media,
music and culture. They tend , ‘g
to get access to these things 1 ) _ K
later than the rest or the _
Western world - the First .5 I
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appear until 2007 - but they T
appreciate them even more. one First
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outrageously popular in 1989. I' m Still not it Fan"
when raising it glass with it group or
Russian people, do not say "Na SAY VHAT!?
udarov' y I". This is not a toast; ies
something Russian people say when
somebody thanks them For a nice
meal. Although Russian people make
toasts with practically every sip or it
drink, they usually say it unique toast
every time, ea. ‘To our '.
if your visiting a Russian
IF you want to make it in family and they offer you a
Russia, stick with " van", which drink. do not say yes unless
means ‘To you!" and is Very you' re prepared to have your
acceptable glass refilled until the liquor is
6. ’ Mama anre/ or 50
Unfortunately, you do need an
invitation and a visa to travel “Ag.
to Russia, but these are a lot
easier to get than you may J,
think! Hotels in Russia and
travel agencies will send you
an invitation For a small Fee,
and the visa process itself
consists a couple simple
visits to your nearest Russian
52 are gloomy
he you take a look people ' [
on the streets. m the metro, or m
the stores, you may well think that t "i( ,
they never smile. The truth is,
however, that Russians are warm.
Newly. and extremely Funny dust
not m public. It is a norm m Russia 2 _
to have tme' s "serious Face" on _
while m public places, and being . _
too loud or showing too much , ""
emotion is considered Strange and .
perhaps even impolite.
8. are racist
Russian people are actually _ ere
very openminded. They may
not be aware or the polite
way to talk about people '
from other cultures, but ata
that does not mean that
they have any malicious
intent. In Fact, they are
usually curious about and
happy to talk with visitors
from other countries.
9. are Eaa
This one ' t really need
elaboration. because obviously. “IF m MAM
are not spies. There , );=.
are probably as many Russian
secret service workers as there x _ '
are American. French, or Q. / "
Canadian "spies". This myth g "s, L
comes From the Cold war and "In" asciiy
From Hollywood movies. and
bringing it up to Russian people
is NOT Funny - it only irritates
them. because it is so pervasive.
10. AZ are
This is another Cold Barrera myth . _
that is best not mentioned to ‘Russian . I l _
people. There are some Russian people k
that still think Communism was a good -
idea. but they are new and far
between. For most Russian people.
Communism meant scarcity of mod
and other resources and being afraid
o; both one’: government and one’:
neighbors. Not only are most Russians
not communists. but I would even say
are especially unlikely to
endorse a Communist regime.
And that was all she
wrote. Join me next week
when I share some Facts '
about Russia! If I missed
any myths please Feel free ..
to ask and I will answer s '
the best I can.