Russia dating tips

In Australia, women who cannot cook or who don’t take ownership of housekeeping duties aren’t going to be ostracized these days.

I have firsthand experience and a bunch of anecdotes that suggest Russian men prefer women who will tackle these tasks with a smile.

Another cultural difference that I’ve noticed is that male-female friendships aren’t common.

Students in my classes have raised their eyebrows more than once when I’ve mentioned spending time with a male friend.

Unfortunately, he thought that “spicy” food was food prepared with spices and he was taken aback by the heat in the Mexican beans that I had prepared. I have learned to be a little more careful with the way I phrase things in the dating scene. Firstly, if my advocacy subject at University taught me nothing else, it’s that you should be wary of questions you do not know the answer to.

So, whilst I love the doors that have opened for me on the dating scene since I moved to Russia (pun intended), I haven’t exactly gamed the system and found perfection here.

He is also more than happy to take the backseat on every other meal and makes a show of complimenting me whenever I cook.

It’s a little Pavlovian, but for now I find it cute so no harm, no foul.

The level of English in Russia isn’t high, so navigating dating and friendships has been a weird combination of the most fun and something that I dread!

I know that combining wine, mime and exaggerated facial expressions goes a long way towards forging lasting and meaningful bonds.

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