Yes, you can easily live in Russia even if you are a vegetarian or have a special nutrition plan
We usually explain in our blog things like “Russian cuisine is extremely delicious and filling”. We still think so but… Tastes differ. Since every year we welcome people from all over the world, we should be ready to answer the question “What will I eat if I’m a vegetarian? If I’m allergic to something? If I prefer a special diet? Will it be fine?” Enjoy Russian school says YES, YOU WILL! And here is why:
1. Vegetarian food in Russia
While abstinence from meat is becoming more and more popular around the world, it’s only in recent years that Russians started to practice vegetarianism widely. Each year it’s becoming easier and easier for vegetarians to buy food and eat out. To speak about Petrozavodsk, today there are several supermarkets with special sections for vegetarians, many cafes in the town center have either a vegetarian menu or mark vegetarian dishes with special symbols in the main menu. Vegetarian café «Чистый вкус» (“Pure flavor”) is located in 10 minutes on foot from the “Enjoy Russian” language school.
2. Gluten-free diet in Russia
Many foreign students coming to “Enjoy Russian” language school worry about special diets they have. Surviving in Russia with a gluten-free diet is one of the frequently asked questions. Indeed, Russians eat much of wheat products, especially Russian holidays can’t be imagined without Пирожки, Блины & Пироги. But if you come to stay in a Russian host family of “Enjoy Russian” school, you shouldn’t worry about that. Our host families have large experience and will gladly cook for you wheat-free alternatives. The volunteers of the school will accompany you to the store and help you to find the gluten-free products you should taste in Russia.
3. Drinking water in Russia
It’s an open secret you shouldn’t drink tap water in Russia. Russians normally boil the tap water first or get spring water. Also, it’s more common to drink much tea in Russian families than just water. But you can easily buy bottled water anywhere you go to Russia, and in most organizations and supermarkets there are free water dispensers for customers.
As you can see, EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE FINE! So don’t even worry about HOW you live in Russia. Think about HOW MUCH TIME you have to sign up for the Russian course 🙂