From Russia with love. Survival Guide for noobs. Chapter 1.

As some of you may know – I was born in Russia but lived in the UK for the majority of my adult life. I left Moscow to study in England at the age of 13 when the majority of my problems came down to matching my socks (it is still a problem, to be honest). Since then many things have changed and now I am a debatably smart young woman with 2 degrees and a fiance. I am planning to continue living in England; However, due to circumstances beyond my control, I came back to Russia for the next couple of months. I was always coming back to visit Russia at least once per year. But it is one thing to stay here for a week, see old friends, go to a couple of bars and then go home… living and working here is something completely different. So as strange as it sounds (because I was born and raised in Russia) now I will have to try and adapt to this new way of life for the next couple of months. Me being me, I decided to share with you my successes, failures and adaptation shocks as I go along to keep myself sane and don’t feel too lonely. So here we go!

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Day 1.

Russia is a cold country. A very cold country. It might not be common knowledge, but there is something called “kreschenskie morozi”. This roughly translates to baptising colds, which basically means that if you leave the house with wet hair you WILL have ice for hair. These colds happen during the months of February, which I will luckily (not)  be in Moscow for. It is not too cold so far (about -8) but I am already freezing! The temperature drop is quite big when you fly over from England… But to be honest with you I definitely did miss all the snow! It looks magical.

So the weather was the first majorly noticeable difference. (whenever I went home to visit I always went in warmer months of the year so I am really not used to minus temperatures anymore… what an odd Russian I am, right). Differences didn’t end just here thou. So me being a healthy (or at least attempting to be) I decided to go to the shop and get myself some healthy food for the next couple of days. food shopping proved to be way more challenging than first anticipated… So I couldn’t find basic products such as bananas or almond milk, yet there were 3 types of matcha tea… I have attempted to look for low carb salads, but everything had potatoes in it! That’s Russia for you… So I panicked and got a celery soup. The decision was made to go home, do some research and then attempt again. This will definitely take some time getting used to. Food shopping is so different when you are not just visiting. I do travel a lot, but wherever I go I know that it’s just a holiday so I will have some weird local unusual substances for breakfast and then go to a restaurant for dinner. But when you live somewhere restaurant for dinner is not exactly a way forward unless of course you just won a lottery.

A factor that I think makes the whole thing even harder is that I have to live by myself. I am really not used to this as back home I live with my fiance and whenever I visit my family I stay with them. And living alone is quite a different experience altogether. It gives you a lot more free time that I am not entirely sure what to do with yet. I am starting working tomorrow so I guess that would partly solve the problem!

It has been a day so far and my brain is struggling to understand local way of life, but it’s trying to figure it out!


Lessons learned today:

  • Don’t go to Russia in winter unless you’ve got a warm coat and woollen sweaters.
  • Food shopping might take longer than expected because everything is just too foreign (especially if you don’t speak Russian). Do your research before you go.

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Thank you for reading my story! If you like it – make sure to like and subscribe 🙂

From Russia with love xxx

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