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Etiquette Tips Sure to Impress Your Russian Lady

29. September 2009 by Christy 0 Comments

When preparing to visit another country, it’s always helpful to familiarize yourself with local customs and etiquette. Not only will you appear polite and knowledgeable, but you are sure to make a fabulous impression on local residents, especially the women. Travel guidebooks and websites are an invaluable source of etiquette information, as are friends or acquaintances from the country you plan to visit. Concierge services (such as the one offered by www.hotrussianbrides.com) are also a great resource.

 

Planning a trip to Russia? Like every country, Russia has its own unique standards of etiquette. Whether you’re visiting a special Russian lady or just touring the country for fun, here are a few tips to make your stay go smoothly:

 

  • If you are invited to a private home for dinner, bring a small, appropriate gift such as wine, fruit, cake, or other tasty treats. Flowers are also acceptable (though be careful about color and quantity).
  • If you are giving flowers, select an odd-numbered batch as even-numbered ones are typically reserved for funerals. Also, avoid giving yellow flowers to Russian women as yellow flowers traditionally symbolize the end of a relationship.
  • Always remove your shoes when entering a private residence. This is done to help keep the host’s residence clean.
  • Speaking of shoes, never show the soles as it is considered disrespectful. To avoid making this mistake, resist the urge to fidget, cross your legs, or rest your feet on nearby objects.
  • Try to accept all food or alcohol offered to you. Your Russian hosts may be offended by any refusals, so come hungry and thirsty!
  • When traveling by car with a Russian woman, exit the vehicle first so you may offer your hand to your female companion. Remember, Russian women love chivalry, so don’t be afraid to open doors, pull out chairs, or offer to carry a woman’s bags. She’ll love it!

By following these simple tips, you are sure to make a great impression on Russian women and men alike. This is by no means an exhaustive list of Russian etiquette tips, nor should you worry if you slip up. Most locals will forgive you for making mistakes and will respond graciously to unintentional breaches. Just treat people with common courtesy and you’re sure to do fine. Remember, it’s the thought that counts.