If you ever go to Russia… make sure you have “borsche” soup, discount “blinyee” crepes, “pilmenyee” dumplings, “zsharkoye v gorshotchke” a meat & potatoes dish prepared in a small clay pot. MmmmMmmmMmmmm!!! I had a pizza with eel and flying fish roe on it, a sushi lover’s delight!
Hitch-hiking is a normal means of transportation and almost NOBODY wears their seat-belt. The drivers knew I was foreign as soon as they heard that ‘strange clicking sound’. Plus, the drivers are crazy! They weave in and out of traffic like the old arcade game “frogger” and late at night the red lights seem to mean ‘speed up because the faster you go thru an intersection the less time you have to get hit by the oncoming traffic’.
In Nizny Novgorod, here is the recipe for having a relaxing evening in a Finnish Sauna… Hot sauna, cold pool, hot sauna, cold pool, hot sauna, dance, cold pool, lay down on couches drinking tea and watching dance videos while getting a massage from 4 girls and 1 guy (not sure why the guy is important), hot sauna, cold pool. Repeat until your muscles feel like jelly, then wrap yourself in layers of warm clothing before going out into the cold weather. Oooo, sensory overload!
Went RollerDancing today. That’s right we strapped on some RollerBlades in the park and danced around for a few hours. Got some great pics, check this link… www???
Olga and I organized Moscow’s first ever Blues night and it was perfect. The dance was in a small underground club with a long shotgun style dance floor and a very cozy atmosphere. Ladies entering the door were presented with flowers and everyone got a free Blues Cd to take home. The dance floor was packed all night long and I had to kick myself out so we could go home.
Check this link out. http://www.leru.aha.ru/dance/footwork Some Russian dancers made a program that randomly picks footwork variations for you based on the variations you choose. You can even add your own variations to the program. Now I want to see someone add video to it, so you can see what your move would look like!
Also, it is very normal to change your shoes to slippers when coming in the house. This is because it is so cold outside and warm inside, you don’t want to wear warm shoes in your warm house but sometimes the floors are cold so you don’t want to be barefoot. They even have slippers for the guests to use too.
Oh yes, I now have a Russian haircut.