Yes, carpets – not your usual IKEA rugs with names that come from the darkest Nordic lore. They should be Russian carpets or at least look like them (hint: they usually have eastern patterns). Throw them on the floor or hang them on the walls as Russians do. The carpets will give your room a cool psychedelic 1960s feel and also make the space warmer. Bonus: guests will be able to crash right on your floor (also a very Russian way to celebrate, see p. 10).
Ever heard the phrase “sleeping in one’s salad?” That’s how Russians describe a particular state of drunkenness. Well, in this example the salad in question is indeed the Olivier salad, or Russian salad, as it’s called abroad. A dish that during the Soviet years came to be associated with winter holidays and the New Year parties. Easy to prepare, tasty, and so nutritious that there’s always some of it left. But it’s not the only Russian party salad – click for more of them.
Yes, taking off your shoes and putting on slippers is one of the most Asian habits Russians strictly observe among other rules and habits that you have to be aware of when visiting a Russian home. Well, it does have its advantages: you’ll have to do considerably less cleaning afterward; also, the slippers give any house party a cozy intimate feeling.
Half-cut Russians always want to share the love, so at about 1 am it’s time to spread the good vibes. For Russians, it’s normal to call up friends during the holiday evenings and, if they’re also in high spirits they’ll be up for coming over or meeting somewhere in the neighborhood. If things
Russians often do everything at once at the last moment. Imagine preparing all food by yourself, buying holiday gifts, and cleaning up the apartment all at the same time, while continually talking on the phone with your friends and relatives – well, that’s the usual New Year’s Eve for a typical Russian woman. The
It’s your day off, and maybe one of the few real days off, without taking the kids to the sports club or driving your other half to the shopping mall… So could a few shots in the morning ruin the day? Well, by 2 pm it turns out they could, but now, you don’t even care. You remember that in the morning your darling asked you to take out the kids and bring back the garbage can from its aunt, woah, wait, was that yesterday? Have the guests already left? Oh, they are not here yet… Anyway, by the evening, your good vibes and jolly behavior would surely outweigh the inconveniences that these six (eight?) shots of single malt have brought… And if you’re trying this at home, remember it’s for hardcore people only.
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