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Americas list of “Most Bizarre Russian Customs”

As posted on the popular U.S. website article provides a list of “most bizarre customs,” which is worth knowing U.S. citizens intending to visit Russia for the first time.
Added an article published on the entertainment site Buzzfeed, compiled a list of Russian customs that Americans seem strange and absurd. List of “oddities” consists of 16 items listed below.
So, according to the Americans, Strange Russian customs:

 

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1. Primp trip to the store for
Russian, especially urban dwellers, love to dress up. For example, a beautiful dress and high heel shoes – it’s the perfect outfit for a casual walk.

 

 

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2. Sit down for a minute before you go (on track)
packed suitcases, most Russians pause and sit still for a minute before departure.

 

 

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3. Speak long and convoluted toasts
Only the lazy Russian limited by the phrase “for health” or something similar. Seriously. So get ready to hear anecdotes and follow them a long speech.

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4. Constantly telling jokes
They may interrupt his narrative to say with pleasure “and you know, it reminded me of anecdote”, and then tell him, even if it is totally inappropriate.

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5. Congratulate each other when exiting the shower or sauna
They say, “Enjoy Your Bath!” In fact, congratulating each other with light steam

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6. Responding to the question “how are you?” Frank and meaningful
to the Russian question “how are you?” suggests a specific answer on the merits, and not just “fine, thank you.”

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7. Not smiling strangers
smile bystanders – it does not matter. Smiling should be present, and it should be shared only with friends

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8. Celebrate the New Year with more enthusiasm than Christmas
Forget about Christmas. Christmas tree, gifts – it’s all for the New Year, in fact it is a real winter holiday.

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9. Constantly revise old Soviet cartoons
, “Well, wait!” (Russian version of “Tom and Jerry”), “The Bremen Town Musicians,” “The Snow Queen” in Russia are the most loved.

 

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10. Calling all women “girls”
If you need to summon the waitress yell “girl”. If you want to ask the address of 50-year-old woman, you can refer to it “girl.” Any woman who is younger, “grandmother” – a “girl.”

 

 

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11. Sit down at a table to eat and stay behind him for hours
When the Russian going to dinner, they sit down, eat and talk. Such conversations can last very long.

 

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12. Collect packages
Seriously, Russian never, never, never throw away packets. Because you never know when they will need.

 

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13. Make ready for the arrival of friends more than you need
and most of the dishes will be fueled with tons of mayonnaise.

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14. Living with parents
is often the case that all generations – parents, children, grandparents – live together in one apartment.

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15. Acquainted with complete strangers and immediately become friends
And then invite them to drink tea in just 10 minutes after the start of the conversation.

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16. Not come to visit without a gift (empty-handed)
gifts can be a dessert or wine if you are invited for dinner, chocolates or flowers (necessarily odd number). Not so important, what it will be, the main thing – to bring something.

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