After living in St. Petersburg for 3 months, I’d say I have a pretty good handle on Russian life. So here are the necessary steps you must take to ensure your survival in Mother Russia and blend in like a pro!
Step 1: Don’t Smile. You know the phrase “turn that frown upside down?” Yeah, do the opposite.
Step 2: If you’re a girl, put on a pair of stilettos. If you’re a guy, put on a fur hat…‘nuff said.
Step 3: Pour sour cream on everything. Eating soup? Sour cream. Blini? Sour cream. Dumplings? Sour cream. The answer is always sour cream.
Step 4: Wear your winter coat everywhere. You never know when its gonna snow! (To give you a real life example, it snowed this morning and it's April 23rd)
Step 5: Read Pushkin & Dostoyevsky. Russians love their Russian literature and will defend its honor to their death.
Step 6: Get a cat and love it forever. **Bonus points if you talk about said cat at least 3 times a day.
With these steps, I guarantee you will survive The Motherland…You’re welcome.
|*Actual results from following this 6-step guide*|