Hello! I hope you are having a good week. Mine is relaxing and active.
As right now I spend my holidays in the homeland, I decided to take the opportunity and write a post about RUSSIA to let you know more about my soul country.
Back in 1939, Winston Churchill famously remarked that Russia was “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”
For the most people, his words ring true to this day. So I’d like to share 15 Crazy things probably you didn’t know about Russia!
15. World’s Longest Railway
- The Trans-Siberian Railway spans almost all the way across the county. It’s the 9200 kilometer (or 5700 mile) railway.
- The entire journey non-stop will take you 152 hours and 27 minutes to complete
14. Home to Many Billionaires
- Moscow has more billionaire residents than any other city in the world
- There are a total of 74 billionaires living in the popular city
13. Moscow has the most beautiful subway system
..including the 4th deepest station in the world
12. World’s Largest McDonalds
- The largest McDonalds restaurant in the world has 700 seats. (A larger building, seating 1 500, was constructed in 2012 in London, UK )
11. Moscow traffic is horrendous
- Moscow’s uber-rich sometimes drive in ambulances so they can go around traffic.The longest traffic jam in Russia was 438 km!
10. Even though Russia has a large Christian population, New Year’s is a way bigger deal than Christmas
- In fact, gifts are exchanged at midnight on New Year’s, rather than on Christmas.
9. Russians like NYE so much they celebrate it twice
- “Old New Year’s” takes place Jan. 13-14
- It is on the Julian calendar
- “Old New Year’s” is more of a family, cultural event
8. One super-popular Russian meal — called “holodets”
- Holodets— contains meat suspended in salted gelatin
- We also love cow tongue, pelmeni (Siberian meat dumplings), kotleti (fried meat patties) and salad called like “ herring under a fur coat”
7. Russians eat their pancakes with sour cream and caviar
- The Russian version of the pancake is called – “blin”
6. Beer wasn’t considered an alcoholic drink in Russia until 2011
- In 2011, then-President Dmitry Medvedev officially signed into law that beer was in fact an alcoholic beverage.
5. Russians sit quietly for a few seconds before traveling
- Back in the day, people would sit in silence for a few seconds and then say a quick prayer for the journey ahead.
4. One odd Russian superstition is to avoid whistling indoors
“If you whistle in the house, then all the money will fly out of the window.”
3. It’s bad luck to return to your house after you already left
- People will go to great lengths to avoid stepping back into the house when they forgot something, like asking a relative to bring whatever they forgot outside to them.
2. Russia has own online social networking service – vkontakte
- The design looks very similar to Facebook
- The one thing that is very different about VK is that there is a big focus on audio files
- As of November 2014, VK had at least 280 million accounts
1.Russians don’t put eyes on smileys when typing.
- They are ) or ))))) but rarely 🙂
- The more parentheses you add, the more you like something.
In the end, I would like to add that every country has something what makes it unique and I hope my post expand your understanding about Russia ))
And what makes your country different from others?