Some myths about Russia
Living far from a country, it is common that our knowledge about it is conditioned by the ways we approach it: movies, books, comments from someone who has traveled. Sometimes something that originates as true, goes through so many mediations before reaching us that it arrives deformed or exaggerated.
The best way to get to know Russia is to travel there, but in the meantime, let’s unravel some common stories that the world believes.
It is not common for Russians to greet each other with a kiss. Men greet each other with a handshake, while women just bow their heads and say: “Priviet” (“Hello”).
In winter, while it is true that all the rivers and canals freeze over, people do not skate on them. It’s a beautiful sight to see the turquoise ice of Lake Baikal. Take this into account when taking a tour in Russia. The ice in rivers and channels is not smooth and is covered with a layer of snow.
Russians have no greater resistance to the cold than people from warmer countries. From childhood they are used to keeping warm as soon as the temperature drops. They use heating a lot, even when it’s not that cold.
It’s not cold all year in Russia. In summer time there are areas where the temperature can reach 25 or 35 degrees Celsius.
Russians are not cold as some people think: In such a big country, there is a mixture of nations and peoples and it is because of this diversity that there are also people with different personalities. In general terms Russians can be somewhat reserved in front of strangers but once they establish a friendship they are quite expressive and warm.
Anyway, the best way to banish false myths is by getting closer, therefore, on your next trip to Russia, you can corroborate these myths and misconceptions in the first person.