You have become a bit russian if you…

Ask “Who is last?” if you are in a disorganized queue. In some institutions, such as even the Federal Migration System in Russia (which I have visited), queue numbers don't ever exist. So, as soon as you enter the room, your eyes find lots of people desperately waiting for their turn. If you don’t see the machine for taking a number, surely the first thing you must do is ask, “Who is the last one?” (кто последний? Kto posledniy?) Only locals or people who have been in Russia too long have formed this habit. Take off your shoes when you enter your own home or someone else’s…

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Tersesat di Gerbong

Ini cerita paling tolol yang pernah saya miliki seumur hidup. Selama 25 tahun saya tinggal di Indonesia yang fasilitas keretanya baru-baru ini saja dimutakhirkan, belum pernah sekalipun saya tersesat, apalagi tersesatnya di dalam gerbong di satu kereta. Tetapi, lagi-lagi, ini, kan, Rusia, bukan Indonesia. Hal aneh macam apa pun bisa saja terjadi di sini. Saya yakin, penggemar video-video ajaib sedang mengamini perkataan saya barusan karena mayoritas video janggal tentang kecelakaan (ini miris) atau kelakuan super duper aneh biasanya berasal dari Rusia.  Jadi, saat itu saya berniat pergi ke rumah nenek suami saya yang terletak di sebuah kota nun jauh dari Moskow, kota Mozhaisk. Dari rumah saya, yang…

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You Need to Visit Luxembourg because….

To be frank, I didn’t even dare to imagine that I would ever step foot in this country. When I lived in Indonesia, whenever someone asked me the question, “Which country would you most like to visit if you could go to Europe?”, Luxembourg never crossed my mind. I would automatically say, “Spain, Italy, or Germany.” No, I don’t mean to offend the locals. Not at all. That was just because I had no idea how to get there and what to see there. Only later did I understand that it is one of the must-visit countries for me if someday I go to Europe. And it…

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How do Russians Celebrate the New Year?

Unlike any other western countries, the New Year celebration in Russia is much more festive compared to Christmas, not only because the calendar for the Orthodox church itself is different, but also because the history behind it has a big impact. Being under the communist regime, which created a separation between government and religion, and also dampened the church’s power over the country for a long time, has caused Russians to lose interest in celebrating any religious holidays. Also, it was prohibited by the government. That is why New Year is another way to celebrate what you need to celebrate (Psst… Russians always find a way to…

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Giving Birth in Russia: Part 2

Actually, I want to name this post “Expectation vs Reality”, but it might sound quite ambiguous and hard to understand, especially when you only see its title, so I decided to name it differently. Let’s say that this short post is fully dedicated to a concise version of information about giving birth in Russia. Briefly, it’s kind of the second part of this post. As I said in the previous post, about a week before going into labor, I needed to be hospitalized. I had an overactive imagination about how good and how comfy the room would be, according to the picture I saw while signing the…

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