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16 Things Russians Do That Americans Might Find Weird

An American going to Russia for the first time is bound to notice some differences in the way people act. Here’s a short list of things Russians do that Americans might find a little weird.

1. Dressing up to go to the store.

2. Sitting down for a minute before heading on a trip.

3. Making really long and complicated toasts.

4. Telling anecdotes as often as possible.

5. Congratulating one another on getting out of a shower or sauna.

6. Answering “how are you?” honestly and fully.

7. Not smiling at strangers.

8. Celebrating New Year's more enthusiastically than Christmas.

9. Constantly rewatching old Soviet cartoons.

10. Calling all females “girl”.

11. Sitting down at the table for a meal and staying there for hours.

12. Always keeping your bags.

13. Preparing way more food than is necessary for when friends come over.

14. Living with their parents.

15. Meeting complete strangers and then becoming friends with them immediately.

16. And never showing up to someone’s house without a gift in hand.