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19 Side Effects Of Being The Only Canadian In A Russian Friend Group

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1. You've had fierce (but ultimately friendly) rivalries over ANY AND EVERY Canada vs. Russia hockey match-up.

3. You now know how to write your name in the Cyrillic Alphabet.

It's кайла, BTW.

4. Russian customs have become ingrained into your everyday life.

If it's someone's birthday, you bring flowers for their mom.

Because their mom BIRTHED them on that day. She deserves it.


6. You've tried a few dishes that you never thought you would.

"Selyodka Pod Shuboy"

This literally translates to "fish in a fur coat". Sound appetizing?

It's pickled herring layered with egg, carrots, potatoes, onion, and beets and slathered with mayo.

Try it. I dare you.

Just in case you need further explanation:

7. But you definitely have your favourite Russian food.



8. You've developed a tolerance to vodka shots.

Because Russians actually include shot glasses in place settings for special meals. Like a shot glass beside Babushka's water glass. You will be expected to partake.

10. You've eaten the chocolate with the baby on it.

I've actually seen this factory in Moscow. It has a HUGE baby on the side of it.


11. You know the intense joy that happens when someone's grandma says she's made Blini.

Even better if there's some compote to go with it :)


14. You're aware that Santa (Ded Moroz) has a granddaughter. / Via

She's like his helper...right?

15. But you're still not totally sure why kids dress up as bunnies on New Year's Eve.

16. You may have developed a taste for caviar.

Baguette + layer of butter + caviar. That's the stuff.

17. You've come to realize that this is a pretty delicious spread.

19. But the biggest and best exposure has been to an amazing group of friends.