Many still treasure the notion of finding their “one true love” and settling down as soon as possible.
If you are a foreigner who is only visiting Russia for a limited period of time, your boyfriend may either implore you to stay (and marry him), or, conversely, cut you off completely because he “can’t withstand the pain.” Someone’s been reading a little too much Dostoevsky.
It’s -15C, the icy sidewalks haven’t been cleaned since the Brezhnev era, and you are both wearing thick insulated gloves.
Holding hands just doesn’t work; a better way to stabilize yourself against a potential slip is to hold onto the trunk-like arm of you gallant .
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At least one of these cohabitants will be shirtless, and will join you and your guy for a cup of tea before “going to the store.” Overnight guests are strictly forbidden by security, but don’t worry — that’s nothing a bottle of whiskey can’t fix.
If your man has already graduated and has a good job, chances are he still lives with his parents — and possibly grandparents.
Some believe that “cultured” women do not drink vodka (outside of celebrations), or even ordinary beer.
Thus, do not be surprised if your Stoli-chugging beau offers to buy you champagne, Redd’s (a sweet cider-like ale), or perhaps a 40 oz. Admittedly, the system of Russian cursing () is far more vulgar and complex than its English counterpart, involving curious grammatical adaptations and a heavy dose of prison jargon.
Although the holiday was originally created to honor members of the Russian Armed Forces, it is now accepted as a day to celebrate all men.
For all of its alcohol-centric culture, there remains a surprising taboo surrounding women’s drinking habits.
As such, many “cultured” or “educated” men prefer that their women do not curse, even if their own mouths are dirtier than a dormitory’s toilets.