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I think you have a "sheet sleeping bag". This used to be standard in european Youth Hostels, though I'm not sure they still use them. Basically it separates your body from the rest of the bedding, so that only the sleeping bag needs to be washed regularly. It's you that goes in the bag, not any other piece of bedding :-). The lack of blankets in the ...


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I know a little about Russian culture. You will not be rude if you smile but you will be considered weak. Even though you can be yourself, smile and be a funny person but always consider respect to the Russians, they take this very seriously specially with foreigns. It's like an overly manly country.


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Man, that's just a prejudice. We are smiling and laughing for reason and without one! We are common people and much easier to behave with than a lot of others. Here is no such an issue like "to be insulted if someone strangely look at you". Don' be afraid and have a good time!


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I am from Russia, Yekaterinburg (it's almost Siberia you know). I tend to believe that people are not very friendly here mostly because of bad weather. Either it's really cold, or it's not, but still there is no sun because of lots of huge clouds. It's very difficult to be in a good mood when you see sun once a week. But when I travel to south regions of ...


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I told a friend after I returned from Russia that Russian smiles are made of gold - they don't let go of one without a good reason. But when I was introduced to a new person, they would often smile as they said здравствуйте. When I bought half a dozen books on Russian for Foreigners, the cashier smiled as she asked "Are you learning Russian?" If a Russian ...


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Smiling without a good reason is not common in Russia (as in many other places like the UK, but perhaps slightly more so). Generally, in a positive or neutral situation, an unexpected smile might seem strange, but won't cause an insult. However, do beware of using a smile to defuse a tense situation where the other side is unhappy. In some smiling ...


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Yes, it is true. Smiling or laughing without a reason will make you look like a fool. And no, you will not insult anyone if you smile to a person in the street. But it will make you look strange. And I would not be happy if you start talking to me without a reason. Most of us are not so talkative as in Europe or Asia. But not because we are gloomy.


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In defense of @MikkaRin's answer, I offer a contrast of cultural norms regarding emotional expression in Russia versus USA. This may not clearly represent differences between Russian and global norms (to whatever extent these exist), but hopefully it'll help. In psychological literature concerning culture and affect, opposite norms have been described: to ...


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This is actually conditional. In your particular case it will not be strange or insulting though as MikkaRin pointed out they may think "What is this guy so happy about?". Reason that it won't be for you is that you are an obvious foreigner in that country and you will be looked on as such and there is certain leeway that is allowed. In Russia there is a ...


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Yes, it's true. In general, Russians never smile without a reason. No, you will not insult anybody in Russia if you smile. But, in some cases it can be assessed as rude or strange. For example, if you smile at a stranger he or she might think "Why is this guy looking at me and smiling? Do I look stupid?" Smiling when you say "Hello" is OK. In addition: ...


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Right now, things at Moscow airports are pretty much normal. If I was going to fly there a week from now, I wouldn't worry too much. A month from now, all bets are off. As long as the economic sanctions against Russia remain nominal, targeting only a few key personnel, the situation should remain normal for the rest of us. However, if Russia doesn't give in ...


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@Mark Mayo is quite right in his opinion - Aeroflot isn't involved into politic conflict, and, as your route isn't connected with Ukraine, you should not get any problems there. As soon as I understand, you'll even not leave the Transit zone, so all your time in Sheremetyevo you'll be in safe zone with not much attention from others. Security checks can be ...


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There should be no problems, unless you're on a Ukrainian passport, according to the Russian in my team here. Even then it should be fine, you may just experience some questions on your reason for your trip. Of course, as you're just continuing on to Europe, you're going to get very little attention. In terms of the city, it's far from Ukraine and the ...


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I do not think that you will have problems with visiting Russia after the Ukraine, but I would not be sure about the other way round. Concerning sanctions: I personally never heard that EU countries did not allow to enter a country, one German told even about his experience to visit Serbia (!) during the Yugoslav Wars. Naturally the government will warn you ...



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