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Russian Women and Fashion

Russian women like to dress up. They are not afraid to show their femininity and this is often reflected in the way they dress. russian women fashion Read more »

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Getting Engaged in Russia. Do I Need an Engagement Ring?

If you have been dating a Russian, Belarussian or a Ukrainian woman for awhile and finally decided to make her your wife, CONGRATULATIONS! We wish you at least a hundred of happy years together.

You were probably already thinking about where you’ll live; where you’ll go for your honeymoon, where to buy a king-sized bed; who to invite for your wedding and maybe even how many children you would like to have. It is all good, but how about the engagement? Did you do your homework and learned how is it done in Russia and Eastern Europe? Read more »

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America through the Eyes of a Russian Woman Part 1

Every Russian woman who comes to the United States experiences a culture shock. Some experience mild and short one; others long and intense. Even though everyone’s experiences are different, there are a few things about America that most visitors from Russia and the Eastern Europe find particularly foreign.russian wife Read more »

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Why It Is a Good Idea to Learn Some Russian

You’ve been trying to impress your Russian girlfriend or bride with your handsomeness, wit and generosity. Even if it seems like you stole her heart already, there is something that will most definitely show her your dedication and the seriousness of your intentions. How about learning some Russian? Before you wrinkle your nose, read this.

Just to be clear, I am not suggesting that you start taking intensive Russian lessons and try to memorize 50 Russian verbs every evening. Well, if you decide to do that, kudos to you. Extra knowledge doesn’t hurt. Read more »

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Three Main Myths About Russia

When I came to this country I was pleasantly surprised by how friendly Americans were. Almost everybody I met seemed to be excited to find out that I was Russian. “Cool, Russia!- people would say. “Yeah, I know it is very cold there” or “I heard that you have lots of bears in Russia”, or a classic: “Wow, Russian, you say, so how much vodka can you drink?” From conversations with people I also found out that people in Russia are very sad, very poor and that most of the men wear beards. Read more »

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Are All Russian Wives Great Cooks?

There are many myths, truths and stereotypes about Russian wives. One of them is that all Russian wives are great cooks. Read more »

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Russian Culture: Gift Giving. What to Get for your Russian Lady

If you already met a special Russian lady and you think you relationship is serious enough to go visit her in Russia, first of all, congratulations! Second of all, make sure you don’t blow it. Learning Russian customs and traditions will help you not look like a dork; it will make your Russian woman feel special and will impress her family. First thing you need to do before you go is to buy gifts. For your woman and for her family.
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Russian Gift Giving Customs

You probably heard that Russians love gifts. It usually has nothing to do with materialism and in my opinion Russians are much less materialistic than Americans. If you want to appear cultural and make your Russian woman/bride/wife happy, you need to know Russian gift giving customs. Read more »

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Russian Culture: Holidays

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If you decided to develop a relationship with a Russian woman, or if you are already married to one, make sure you remember main Russian holidays. Russians like holidays. They like to celebrate, to give and receive gifts, so please don’t skip Women’s Day or, God forbid, forget about getting her a Birthday gift. She may not say anything due to pride and modesty, but you will make her sad.
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Russian Culture: Superstitions

If you don’t want to get in trouble or freak your Russian bride or Russian wife out, keep in mind that Russians are usually superstitious. Save yourself an embarrassment or three, try to remember these things:

1. An even number of flowers is considered to be a misfortune and you bring even number of flowers only on funerals and graves. Guess how many flowers were in the first bouquet of flowers, which my American fiancé at the time got for me? 16. I knew he didn’t want me to be dead and I never considered myself to be superstitious, but getting an even number of flowers felt a bit weird.
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