What foreigners think about the Russian?

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If you smile at strangers Russian on the street, it is likely that you do not smile in response. Smile in Russia are mostly meant for friends: the smile of a stranger they perceive as though you make fun of them and something wrong with their clothes or hairdo, or are you just "stupid." Moreover, natural Western smile is perceived as insincere like, "You don't mean that". Now this tradition is slowly changing, because Russia is becoming more Western, but the smiles are still very rare a staff, sellers, etc., because it is assumed that because they look more serious and businesslike. And actually the most common opinion about the Russian that they are very angry and never smile, fading away as soon as they recognize you. They become very friendly.

If you need to turn to the stranger with a question, try to first ask if they speak English, in Russian. Russians are very proud of their language, and will not be as responsive if you speak to them in a foreign language. Even if you only use the Russian equivalents of the words "please" and "thank you", they will perceive you very differently.

Women throughout the former USSR use the utmost respect. Western women tourists should not be surprised when their Russian male friends pay their bills at restaurants, open every door in front of them, offer a hand to help down, help you move a heavy bag isn't sexual grooming or condescending to the weaker sex. Men must also remember that such behavior is expected of them most Russian women and girls.

You must exercise respect when talking about the Second World war and the Soviet Union. This war was a major tragedy for the Soviet Union and every family has at least one relative among the 25-30 million dead – more than in Western Europe and America combined – and the scars from that war are felt still.

Keep your political beliefs to yourself. Ask me anything, but never make statements or comments about their past or present political system. Russia and the Soviet Union went through very difficult times and most of the Russian are tired of hearing: "how bad was in the USSR" from Western people. They survived this time, proud of their triumphs and mourned tragedies, and they probably know more about it than you. Also avoid criticizing the conflict in Chechnya. Despite the fact that there are terrible things happened, most Russians support Putin and people will say that Chechnya was and will be part of Russia.

Security (translation of the article about security in Russia from the site lonelyplanet.com)

Travellers should beware of pickpockets in Moscow and St Petersburg. Most foreigners in Russia are stand out from the crowd, and this increases the chance of becoming a victim of crime. Always remember that many police officers (police) and other people in the form can be there, and some of them are better than the ones from which they must protect. Never let them check your wallets and pockets.

Never drink tap water in St. Petersburg because it contains lambliа Giardia – a parasite that can cause stomach upset and vomiting. Bottled water is sold everywhere.

Often in Moscow and St. Petersburg to happen the attack of the racists. Especially in St. Petersburg, where a gang of skinheads killed an unprecedented number of people from the Caucasus and Central Asia over the last few years. Now among the ethnic minorities here, there is fear. And perhaps worst of all, the mayor of St. Petersburg Valentina Matvienko, never once publicly condemned these attacks.

Despite all said, we still suggest that non-white travellers to visit Russia, but we suggest you be very careful especially here. Avoid to appear in the suburbs, and try not to appear on the street at night.

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August 8, 2019
To go to Thailand in the summer is definitely! Samui is a popular choice for summer holidays! We went with a friend last year in July. In 12 days it rained twice and that briefly and was very handy - just such an incredible freshness! The beaches are empty, prices on trips low (Park Paradise is a must visit - great views, infinity pool well, and animal and poultry ,of course, which you can feed), in cafes too, all cheap. On a private experience was convinced that Thailand in the summer - a great option to get acquainted with this amazing country, enjoy a vacation, get a lot of positive emotions and beautiful photos. ...
August 8, 2019
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Tunisia is an interesting country, and strange for our culture. As always there is a lot of positive , there are negative. But for the rest it is not mikroshemka of mold in the room to do, and try to relax, someone like seal on the beach, someone backpack behind and places of interest. There were kids last year in hotel Thapsus mahdija of the hotel is stated as a 3*, I liked everything and the sea and the hotel and catering and excursions planned, I do not like organized tours. This year we're going to the Sahara beach and I hope too it will be perfect. Did not notice the neglect of Russian, if you behave properly, then you will have the same attitude. ...
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Here, about 95 kilometers from düsseldorf, is a small town
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among other things attractive to us
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Castle
Here time seemed to have stopped, at least take information from a dictionary of Brockhaus and Efron is still true today
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"factory and main town Arnsberger district of the Prussian province of Westphalia, on the river Lenne, a railway Rorig, lies in a narrow valley,
surrounded on all sides by high mountains crowned with wood, and forms only one street, 3 km long, stretching around the mountain on which the castle stands;
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Residents 9387 (1885).
Аltena is the seat of the district court, has a known iron factories, steel wires,
and factory needles and pins, nails, springs, rivets, wood screws, sewing, thimbles, rings, cast, ligature and silver goods, then, machinery and wire products (in Lenne).
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gregormichael 10 August, 2019
This could be and finish, but then the guide is not complete. :)
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So here is the town of bad münstereifel for every German associated with the pop star Germany
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Heino - Heino
The link in Russian, you can read about who is, what his merit, how many gold records he has, etc.
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"Heino is one of the most popular German musicians, sold over 50 million of his records.
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Kurhaus
The singer known for his baritone voice and his blond hair combined with dark sunglasses, which he has to wear due to the proptosis. Living in the town of bad münstereifel, where c 1996 and owns a cafe.
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Music it started in 1948 when his mother gave him an accordion, although his family could hardly afford.
I'll only say that he is among the most famous and he lives in bad Munstereifel and that he owns a café in the Kurhaus"
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Now, the recommendations are necessarily climb to this building, especially on the road is the beautiful Kurpark
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and offering amazing views of the city.
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I recommend to eat in a restaurant with own brewery
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wonderful soup and
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Yes, the European museums give a huge head start to our. Why we have the most museums seems to work on the classical Soviet model, without innovation. ...
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What kind of resources it? ...
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Horses were soaking wet. Even the poor have nowhere to hide.
And cyclists not to be envied.
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The rain stopped, and went only snow. We are the best, but also disgusting
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In Manang came by six in the evening. This former fortress and it is located on the hill. And so, when we are already relaxed from the consciousness that our hike today is almost completed, it was not long, but very steep climb - the last feature for today.
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Welcome - almost like a mockery of the travelers who, in the end have somewhere else to climb. Well where here it is! Bonuses will probably be tomorrow.

The Lodge was decorated with colorful garlands of drying clothes. People got wet exactly. But our clothes did not disappoint us, not counting the boots that sprung a leak, unable to withstand the onslaught of nature.
Pricey, American, supposedly waterproof shoes Haix Nepal disappoint.
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