Only in Russia

by - 2:04 PM

Not too long ago I visited Russia. I thought I was going to have the time of my life, but when I arrived reality kicked me in the face. Hard.
Russia itself is nice.  Moscow is great. I'll write later on about its beauty and the things I did and learned there, but now I need to vent. You see, I didn't like most of Russia and most of Russia didn't like me. I quickly learned that friendliness wasn't invented there. Bureaucracy and bad moods probably were. Most Russians I interacted with had this mindset of: We do things my way, or not at all.
I didn't feel very welcome when I arrived in St. Petersburg. Since I'd been looking forward to this trip for months, I didn't want to let this get me down. That's why I started am 'Only in Russia' list in my Travel Journal. Because some things are things you'll only see in crazy Russia.



...is cutting in line a national sport, an art form even
...do people get mad at you for not speaking Russian
...do fancy old ladies wash their hands in puddles of rain water
...are symbols that look a suspicious lot like communist symbols extremely popular
... does the word 'supermarket' actually mean 'liquor store'
...do hotels expect their guests to sleep in a chair
...are postcards impossible to come by, unless you want to send shirtless Putin pictures to your grandparents
...do construction workers use a newspaper folded into a hat as a hard hat
...do you stand in line so you can be the first to stand in line for the line for the entrance of the Hermitage
...is it completely okay to drive a car that's more duct-tape than car
...is it normal to see shirtless guys everywhere; in fact, you'll almost see more guys without than with a shirt
...does a lanterns completely fall apart if a pedestrian walks into it
...are old sewer drains suitable balls to play soccer with
...do unsupervised toddlers push strollers with a baby in them through town

Russia, you're one crazy place. Even though we didn't get along that well, I'm glad I got the chance to experience your craziness.

Stay Awesome!

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  1. So beautiful blogspot on Russia.
    It motivates me to visit Russia.
    Keep writing keep travelling

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    1. Thank you Ankit :) Have fun if you visit Russia!

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  2. Shame you didn't enjoy it that much but it sounds crazy! I love the first one particularly.

    - www.whatlexieloves.blogspot.com

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    1. Eventually I enjoyed it, and now I look back on it I can laugh about all of it. It's one of those experiences you don't enjoy when they're happening, but after a while they seem awesome :)

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  3. I loved this post! So funny... My cousin loves Russia and has been there, and always talks about their dangerous driving habits hahaha

    onmywayacqua.blogspot.com | Acqua xx

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    1. Oh my god don't even get me started on the driving habits! Traffic scared the shit out of me every time I had to cross a street!

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  4. Wow! Thanks for the heads up. Different cultures are always hard to adjust to, but some can definitely make you feel more welcome than others.

    Ella ~ Simply Scribbles

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    1. No problem! Russia is definitely a place that needs some kind of culture warning. It looks so western, but the attitude is completely different.

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  5. Russia sounds so weird xD but interesting! Then again, I just imagine Russia to be like, this big wasteland of ice and snow and a life that probably inspired Game of Thrones? xD

    the-emo-wolverine-writes.blogspot.com

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    1. It is weird! I guess everyone imagines Russia the way you do. I was so surprised when I got there and had to adjust to 35 degree weather! If you look at Russia's history it might as well be Game of Thrones with all its chaos :P

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