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Personal Safety in Russia Posted by on Sep 8, 2014

Personal safety is a subject that is important not just from a cultural standpoint but also in terms of navigating a different society and avoiding harm. There are many things that are shared among cultures in terms of what they view as reasonable precautions — not talking to strangers for children, not sharing your credit…

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When in Russia: Dos and Don’ts Posted by on Jul 9, 2014

A recent discussion with one of my dear friends brought up some memories on the subject of habits, customs and the norm. In my opinion, the norm is quite a slippery slope that might take you places you didn’t necessarily want to go. So, if you are traveling to Russia any time soon or…

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2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi: When in Russia… Posted by on Feb 11, 2014

Some of you might wonder where Sochi is and why the winter Olympics take place in a city with palm trees? The city of Sochi is about 800 miles south of Moscow and is “located on the Black Sea coast near the border between Georgia/Abkhazia and Russia.” Due to its subtropical climate, the winters in…

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How to Curse like a Russian Posted by on Mar 22, 2013

Ok, the usual disclaimer goes here: if you are easily offended, do not read this post. Parental advisory recommended. Using any of these words in public is considered mild hooliganism and is punishable by law. The three whales of русский мат (Russian curse words) are the three rude words for a male sexual organ, female…

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