I have always enjoyed traveling around the world. It wasn’t not something new I invented; people have been traveling and migrating over the world since the dawn of humans.
So for my life changing experience, I decided to go to Russia. It’s one of those places that a lot of people fear going to just because of the bad rep is gets from the Western media. However, I realized that it’s far from the truth.
Arriving In Moscow
There is something very unique about Moscow that you have to experience for yourself. It’s a city that’s over 800 years old with many historical building throughout the city.
The style of buildings, the lighting, and the architecture is very unique and something about it gives you a vibe with a full of feeling history. Compared to America, I would say the buildings have a character to them, and tall modern skyscrapers are a rare sight in Moscow.
The Russian People
At first the Russian people can seem scary with frown on their faces, but don’t let that deter you from asking questions or seeking for help. Deep down they are very sincere and will go out of their way to make sure that your questions are answered and that you are taken care of.
Russian people don’t smile as much, because culturally, people who smile all the time are seen as insincere and not to be trusted, so if you ever manage to make a Russian smile, it is a sign that you really made them feel happy about something. Whereas in Western culture, we are taught to be nice and polite to other people and put on a smile.
My international friends who visit me in America did mention that Americans are very friendly, but on a superficial level. The difference with Russian people is that you have to earn their trust and respect before they can get comfortable around you.
Putin is generally regarded in a bad light in most Western media, however, Russians seem to have great respect for their president and his accomplishment. A recent study showed that a whopping 80%+ of the Russian population approved of Putin, so that man has to be doing something right.
I read somewhere that back in 2000, when he first became the president, he was handed a country in shambles; no middle class, underdeveloped utility companies, and a severe lack of resources. In the span of 15+ years, Putin managed to turn things around for Russia, and because of that, a lot of Russians seem to respect him dearly.