Gorod Moskva Local Customs

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  • Religion
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  • Religion
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Gorod Moskva Local Customs

  • Eating & Drinking

    Moscow Local Customs

    Being an ‘Old Russian’, I still remember the days when eating, drinking, let alone smoking in the street was considered utterly bad form. I mean, school kids would, of course, snatch an Eskimo (11 kopeck) now and then or even an ice-cream sugar cone with a creme rosette (19 kopeck) – that was for a special occasion, you know, a three-course meal...

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  • Behavior & Superstitions

    Moscow Local Customs

    In Russia, you should never shake hands with someone over a threshold (doorway, gap, etc). If you do, it is considered that something bad will happen between the two parties in the future. Also, when it comes to shaking hands, the best advice is to let the Russian offer their hand first. Often times, men will shake hands with men in Russia, but...

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  • Language

    Moscow Local Customs

    Here are some words/phrases. Please let me know what other words/phrases I can add. Please keep in mind -- Russian words are below are transliterations, Russian language uses Cyrillic characters -- see the link below. Formal "hello" -- "zdrastvuite" Informal "hello" -- "privet" "thank you" -- "spasibo" "sorry" -- "izvinite" "you're welcome"...

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  • Religion

    Moscow Local Customs

    If you come to Moscow in winter, you have a chance for two Christmases, your own on December 25th, and the Orthodox on January 7th. The tradition is fairly new and had not ousted The New Year celebrations – and I hope it does not, either. This is how the parish church looks where I live. I could not really make out if the Nativity scene was...

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  • Theatres/Museums

    Moscow Local Customs

    This is not a museum public convenience. This toilet is a museum in its own right! Located in the renown GUM store in the Red Square, it will take your breath away – well, literally – with exquisite Eau de Cologne. Italian marbles will catch your eye; turn-of-the-century (previous, of course) lanterns, water-taps and toilet-tissue holders will...

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