A few things to remember when you travel to Russia
- Posted by: Enjoy Russian
- Category: Interesting Russia
To make your stay comfortable follow these 3 rules
Welcome to Matryoshka’s Diary! Today’s post is short but it’s very useful for those who are planning a trip to Russia. If you already chose the course at Enjoy Russian School, make sure you are aware of these 3 important things:
- Don’t drink the tap water. Unlike most Western countries where drinking tap water is nothing out of ordinary, Russians certainly don’t drink their tap water. Bottled water is your safe option. And don’t worry about using water from the tap to brush your teeth. Another option is to boil water from the tap – this will make it safe to drink, although it will still taste a little bit unusual.
- Respect local traditions. Russia is becoming more relaxed over the years, but being a fairly traditional society, there are certain rules that people follow. For example, if you get invited to a Russian home, guests are expected to follow etiquette, like bringing a small gift (chocolates, fruit, or a bottle of vine).
- Dress like a local. Also, dress code is quite important in theatres and some restaurants. Nobody will stop you from entering, of course, but it’s best to be ready than wearing jeans in a crowd of formally dressed people. Also, visiting Russian Orthodox churches implies a number of rules: women should cover their heads and wear long skirts and men should wear long trousers as well as take off any hats etc.
That’s it! We wish you good luck and a great journey to Russia!