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8 Things From Russia Which May Surprise You

I finished writing about Portugal, and I was considering what the next topic could be. As my blog is about travelling and cultural experience, I decided to describe several things from Russia, which can be odd to you.

1. Mug. This is a typical print on the mug, which is used, for example: for boiling eggs. 

2. Tea pot. The concentrate tea is made in the tea pot, then it is poured into the cup and hot water is added.

3. Spoon. There is nothing special about the spoon, like about the first 2 things. but it may be all about the pattern which didn’t change from Soviet Union times. 

4. Can-opener. This is how a Russian can-opener looks like. My Finnish friends got very surprised when they saw it for the first time. It is so interesting that such basic stuff differs much within Europe. 

5. Device to mash potatoes. This is so convenient! Just a minute and you get great mashed potatoes. I can’t live without it. As I discovered, it is not frequently used in many countries.

6. Woollen blanket from Soviet Union times. This is the warmest blanket you could have, especially useful in cold winters.

7. Slippers. I think it’s again all about the pattern.

8. Washing machine. Greetings from the past. You should change the water manually. Yes, it takes some time.

I am sure that many of these items are familiar to people from Eastern Europe.

What is the most surprising for you? πŸ™‚ 

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30 thoughts on “8 Things From Russia Which May Surprise You

  1. Well, I was born in Yugoslavia which was half way Eastern, half way Western. Which means very similar pot, can opener, slippers and especially indispensable potato masher (which my Italian amore has never seen before). Such a washing machine I have never seen before, however. πŸ™‚ This is a fun post, looking forward to next ones!

    And no offence, but I was just wondering if you read my posts too or just speedily like them all each week. πŸ˜‰

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  2. I loved this post!
    I came across a can opener like this for the first time in Austria! πŸ˜€ my neighbour gave it to me to open a can of coconut milk and I had no idea what to do with it haha
    All of the floral patterns just remind me of my stay in Russia last semester πŸ™‚
    And we have those potato mashers back in the UK! They’re brilliant!

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  3. Wasn’t there a special kind of device you plug into the wall, then put into the cup to heat up the water? My Russian roommate and I used hers to make tea when we were doing our language course.
    The slippers, very familiar. My Hungarian part of the family always gets on my case because I hate slippers. Even my brother told me that was the reason I had a cold. 😜
    Oh, and not a device, but wondering about it, did you ever get told if you went out with wet hair you’d catch your death, or at the very least a cold? I was practically raised with that.

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    1. I had that one, too. πŸ˜‚ but I don’t use it for safety reasons.
      Hmmm… I didn’t hear about catching a death, but my mom was telling me if I will go out with wet head, I will get meningitis for sure 😯 so, close to death anyway πŸ˜‚

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