What I do want to say is that, as a financially-independent Western woman, I LOVE that Russian men hold doors open for me and help me off buses. It’s a respectful gesture and it shows that they’re capable of thinking of others.If nothing else, it is certainly better than having a man yell “nice arse” at me from a car…Russia is portrayed to the West as a cold, hard place with some magical architecture, myriad vodka shots, and a leader who dances with bears and who, for some unfathomable reason, never wears a shirt. Whilst it is cold, vodka certainly exists, and calendars featuring a shirtless Putin and puppies are not in short supply, there are a thousand misconceptions about Russian culture and people.
It’s a little Pavlovian, but for now I find it cute so no harm, no foul.
In this post she shares about her experience as a woman dating in Russia while learning the language.
This is a topic I have a lot to say about personally as I had a Russian girlfriend during my time in Kazan which I partly credit with helping me learn the language so quickly (links to my story below).
It’s a little more complicated outside of the dating scene.
I’m grateful when a man helps me down from the bus or train.