My holidays this time was a double-exotic journey. From cosy and stuffed Austria I went to hot and developing India via cold and diverse Russia.
Born Russian and being a Russian citizen I actually spend only 5 years of my life in Russia: every time I visit it I feel more like a tourist (which gives me an interesting perspective and still the ability to act like a native).
This slide show can give you some impressions I got from staying in Moscow for several days.
My last visit to Russia was 2 years ago. Any changes? Any new impressions?
It feels like people have become more satisfied, more peaceful. At the same time more reserved – some Russian friends mean it can be because of the political situation, but I believe it is just the result of the today’s capitalistic system: when people get richer, they are not that open-hearted any more. They are kind of afraid (that is what Russians used to say about the West some years ago, and now they are in the same boat!).
Russian women are still beautiful 🙂 Their make-up is more decent, but the rest is the same: high hills, fur coats, long hair, pretty faces… Something I noticed this time very strongly: Russian women are being extremely gentle and tender – in their relations to each other and to their man. This is something I miss in the West…
Russians living in Russia have very pale faces – I could not find out the reason, apparently some iron deficiency ? One can assume it is because of the lack of sun – but I find it is almost same in the Middle Europe where I live – we do not see much sun here, but people’s faces have some better colour.
Russians still do not smile… Sad but true… Every time I come, I keep smiling only 1-3 days, and then my cheerful mood vanishes, for no one smiles and one feels stupid (generally Russian find it very stupid when Westerners keep smiling).
I wonder if any of you have any other recent impressions about Russia?