Russian women can sometimes be headstrong, and while they may complain about it, Russian men like a woman with a strong opinion. This doesn’t mean challenging him on everything he says and does of course, but if you disagree with what he’s saying, speak up!Or, if you’re sick of him sitting in front of the TV all day, poke fun at him for it – he’ll find it refreshing and motivate rather than annoying.
Once you form a friendship with a Russian, or group of Russians, you will quickly change your opinion about Russian character.
The contrast between the “warmth” and hospitality of Russian homes versus the restrained, sometimes “cold” nature on the streets, is like night and day.
First time visitors to Russia and Ukraine are often pleasantly surprised, sometimes confused, and in certain cases, taken back by the peculiarities of Russian etiquette.
To minimize the culture shock for first time visitors, we’ve outlined some of the more prevalent conventions of social behavior found in Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet states.
But what I mistook for a smile was actually a grimace. But then Anton hugged me, heat and sweat rising from his torso, his arms wrapped around me in a promise of eternal protection, inhaling me in that way men do to show they’re grateful that you’re safe.