Russia is a great place to experience. If you are planning on visiting Russia soon – it will be a treat with its rich history, fascinating language and colorful culture. Surely that sounds like tons of fun but your focus should be on learning what you need to know before you go. Some things on this list may sound strange since they are new to you but believe us – you will be happy you learned about them in advance.

1. No shoes indoors!

visiting RussiaYou will be putting on slippers instead – the hostess will provide them. Don’t forget that you need to leave the slippers there before you go, it’s not yours – the household just let’s you borrow it.

2. Where are the light switches?

You will find them outside the room. It’s a good idea to remember this so you don’t end up frustrated.

3. We, in the western world, find whistling while working or doing what have you a normal activity.

Don’t do it in Russia – it is tied to a superstition that whistling indoors will bring a fire.

4. Did you rent out an apartment?

Take out your keys and see if there’s a little magnet attached to it. That opens the door yo your apartment building. At least in the big cities, most Russians live in apartment buildings so if you need any assistance then ask for help from the locals.

5. Do you need to travel somewhere for a mini-vacation or a business trip?

Don’t even think you can just kiss your family and take off. Russian customs say that you and your loved ones need to gather inside a living room for a moment. They can then say their goodbyes since those need to be done inside the house or apartment. This is a standard Russian custom and Russians think that it will make sure of your safe return.

Do as the Russians Do

Sounds like an unusual piece of advice but your time in Russia will be better like this. We can’t really say that Russians’ lives circle around these superstitions but they do feel rather strongly about them and beside, what’s a vacation or a stay in Russia if you don’t embrace the culture and custom no matter how strange it is? When in an unfamiliar country – just do as the locals do.