Dating a slavic man
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.Jokes aside, I am lucky enough to have found an excellent Russian man with excellent English who is willing to help me improve my Russian.He encourages me to describe what is going on around me, or to answer in Russian where possible.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.The people are portrayed in the countless American films featuring Russians as spies or members of gangs who continue to refer to each other exclusively as comrade (which, incidentally, is a word that came into English via the Romance languages and is not at all a Russian word! After living here for long enough to catch a decent glimpse into Russian culture, here are the things that I want you to know about Russia and Russians: Before I get stuck into this point, I want to make it clear that I do not condone any “traditional” view of women that involves domestic violence or any kind of behaviour that devalues, disrespects or degrades the importance of the woman’s free will.
He actually makes me elaborate breakfasts whenever I stay.The level of English in Russia isn’t high, so navigating dating and friendships has been a weird combination of the most fun and something that I dread!I know that combining wine, mime and exaggerated facial expressions goes a long way towards forging lasting and meaningful bonds.🙂 It’s also a little bewildering when an elderly woman rejects my offer to help her with her shopping, only to accept the offer of the next passing male.Russia is not a disability friendly place in many ways, so I do query whether these gestures that being increasingly scrutinized in the West and called out as potentially being “sexist” are borne of necessity and consideration, not as a result of a more “traditional” view of women.