6 THINGS THAT INDIANS WILL FIND UNFAMILIAR IN RUSSIA.
As a Indian living in Russia ,there are so many things which I found unfamiliar and was surprised to know, when I first came here.
1. THE EXTENT OF WOMEN EMPOWERMENT.
You’ll be surprised to see women in every working sector of Russian society. The main thing that’ll catch your eye, is the fact that age is not a barrier for women here. You can see 70 year old women working in restaurants and many middle aged women working as cab & tram drivers. Young girls are everywhere doing part time jobs after school/college.And the main fact is that , people have normalised this since years.
India still has a long way to go , in this sector!
2. LIVING AS A FOREIGNER IS NOT EASY IN RUSSIA .
I thought I was all set , after getting registered in the immigration office. But NO! Russia has it’s own set of rules where we can’t just live wherever we want and we cannot change the apartments or hotels just like that. Every time we change the apartment or our place of living , we need to cancel our registration from that particular place and again make a new registration according to the new address and submit it to the migration office. Oh Gosh ! That’s a lot of Work.
3.MAJORITY OF RUSSIANS DO NOT EVEN UNDERSTAND ENGLISH.
YES!! This was a shock to me when I first came to Russia. Everyone in Russia only Speak Russian Language and very few people among them have knowledge about English. This is the main barrier for travellers from across the world to visit Russia.
4.DECEMBER 25th- IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS IN RUSSIA.
People here celebrate Christmas on January 7!. This is because the orthodox churches still believe that the birth of Jesus is on January 7, as per the Julian calendar.
5.CLEAN CITIES AND DISCIPLINED PEOPLE.
The cities are so clean that you’ll notice them immediately if you come here from India. You can find a dustbin on every 50-100 meters on footpaths, people use them actively and follow all the rules strictly and live in harmony.
You can literally see only cars everywhere. Since Russia is a cold country, there is snow everywhere for almost 8 months in a year, so it’s very impractical to use motorbikes here. The very few people who own super bikes, use them for rallies in summer, which is an eye catching sight for common people.