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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One Day in Kronstadt

Visiting Saint Petersburg without paying a quick visit to its surrounding towns is like having a cup of coffee without sugar. For me it may taste a bit odd, but for many others it would be the perfect taste. It’s not a must, but it will make your trip more enjoyable, especially if you have more time to spend in Russia and have great curiosity about this country; whether about its long history, philosophy of life, or its people. And nothing is better than ambling around its small towns, where locals are simply doing their own errands, caring nothing about how they look to tourists. That doesn’t…

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Giving Birth in Russia Part 1

Imagine that you are staying in a very old hospital. The doctors are serious, the nurses stern. The facilities are the bare minimum needed during your hardest time of labor. This might make you think twice about getting pregnant in Russia. But, wait...Is this the description of a hospital you get from Hollywood movies? If it is, please simply turn your television off and find more reliable sources! Most of the hospitals spread throughout much of the cities were built during the Soviet era, which will make you judge at first glance that the hospital is just "old"; not fashionable, not looking like the modern, sophisticated hospitals in…

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Free Things-To-Do in Gothenburg — One Day Itinerary

Visiting a pricey destination needs more preparation, especially if you can’t afford a spending splurge (read: need to be stingy) and prefer to travel wisely and modestly. The most essential thing to do on your list: check free-entrance attractions or sightseeing activities available in the town. Second on your list: find other ways to spend your time if point one fails. And last but not least – let’s pray and hope that you don’t need to be a beggar in your destination country, or work part-time as a dishwasher because you are flat broke. My second destination after Stockholm is Gothenburg, another expensive city in Sweden. Under…

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