Russia is the largest and most beautiful country in the world. Traveling to Russia is a great opportunity to get in touch with Russian history and culture and visit the landscapes with forests and towering mountains. You can get the chance to explore its beauty from magnificent cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg. This magical world is waiting for you to be explored, so here’s how you can prepare for an amazing trip.
Research Public Transport
The metro in Russia is incredibly affordable. The cost for a ride is between 30 and 35 rubles – around 50 cents USD! If you don’t usually use public transport, you might get used to it in Russia because the traffic is insane. The explosion of cars on the highway are convincing locals and tourists alike to use those incredibly beautiful Metro stations.
You can get from the airport to the city through various forms of transport. The most popular ones are buses, private taxis, suburban trains. Buses are great because they’re inexpensive and frequent. You can find them easily at bus stops at the airport.
Express trains are very fast, frequent, comfortable and have more space for luggage. If you purchase your ticket online, sometimes, the prices are cheaper. However, if you need to get somewhere soon and run out of time, taxis are the quickest option. And the most expensive ones, too. It’s better to order your taxi at the information desk or online. To avoid trouble, use only licensed taxis.
Learn about the local culture
Russian culture has a rich history based on painting, literature, ballet, and classical music. The most popular religion in Russia after Christianity and Islam is Tengrism. It’s a form of animistic religion. Ballet is a popular art from Russia and you’ve probably heard already about the Bolshoi Ballet, a classical ballet company in Moscow, well-known throughout the world. Also, writers like Leon Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky have earned their spot in international literature.
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky is a Russian composer. He composed symphonies, concerts, operas, ballets, and music. Besides his childhood home, there are other museums you can visit that have his personal belongings.
Matrioshka Dolls, also known as babushka dolls, are another iconic element in Russian culture They are wooden figurines, each one of them being made smaller and smaller and placed one into another. The painting of the dolls represents a version of a Russian girl in traditional costume.
Dating in Russia
If you’re hoping to meet someone special on your trip, you should know that dating in Russia seems to be a bit different in many ways. The rules of dating are quite similar all over the world but the difference is that Russians are very romantic. Men are very polite with women in every situation: they’ll never allow a girl to wear anything heavier than her purse, open doors in front of them, get their coats, pick the bill at the restaurant, offer flowers and many other similar things.
Girls never plan a date, it’s a man’s job to surprise them. A girl will start preparing several hours before the date. They usually invest a lot of money on beauty procedures and spend several hours to choose the perfect outfit. If you want to choose the right clothes, a dress, a jacket, and a pair of high heels will be perfect for your first date.
A relationship in Russia can move very fast forward. It’s perfectly normal to get married after a short while or stay in a relationship for a long time.
Russian Food and Drink
One of the most traditional Russian foods is borshch, also spelled borsch. It’s a soup that contains vegetables and meat and it tastes sweet and heavy. It’s usually served with sour cream or yogurt which freshens up the taste.
Pirozhki – baked or fried buns with a variety of fillings (potatoes, meat, cheese or cabbage). Pirozhki are a popular street food in Russia and a part of Russian Culture.
It probably won’t come as a surprise that vodka is the most popular alcoholic drink in Russia, made from fermented potatoes. If you don’t like strong spirits, don’t worry, there are other options too. Beer and tea are two of the other drinks that Russians enjoy all year round.
Russia is a country blessed with so many gifts. In general, Russia is a safe country, especially if you visit large cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg. The best time to visit Russia is during summer, but every season has its own special beauty.