It’s -15C, the icy sidewalks haven’t been cleaned since the Brezhnev era, and you are both wearing thick insulated gloves.Holding hands just doesn’t work; a better way to stabilize yourself against a potential slip is to hold onto the trunk-like arm of you gallant .
Afterwards, he will sprint to catch the last metro train of the night, where he will sit silently among the tired faces and forgotten bouquets.
Say what you will about Russia, but in a land where so many people struggle to live normally, it is a miracle that chivalry is not dead.
On March 8th, International Women’s Day, workers and students enjoy the day off, get to watch television specials, and your beloved will shower you with overpriced roses and chocolates.
In return, on February 23rd, Defender of the Fatherland Day, you are expected to treat him to something nice.
Although the holiday was originally created to honor members of the Russian Armed Forces, it is now accepted as a day to celebrate all men.
For all of its alcohol-centric culture, there remains a surprising taboo surrounding women’s drinking habits.
In Russia, being female supersedes one’s status of being a foreigner wealthy enough to travel abroad.
So what if he had to beg his single mother for 1,000 rubles to woo you at a fancy coffee house?
Some believe that “cultured” women do not drink vodka (outside of celebrations), or even ordinary beer.
Thus, do not be surprised if your Stoli-chugging beau offers to buy you champagne, Redd’s (a sweet cider-like ale), or perhaps a 40 oz. Admittedly, the system of Russian cursing () is far more vulgar and complex than its English counterpart, involving curious grammatical adaptations and a heavy dose of prison jargon.
Albeit having spent the initial sixteen years of my life on Russian turf, I have probably dated a total of 1.5 Russian guys in my post-high school life.