TIPS WHILE TRAVELING IN RUSSIA
Following are just a few helpful hints to keep in mind while in Russia:
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Never give a woman an even number of flowers. Even numbered flower arrangements are for funerals. Always give flowers in 3ís, 5ís, 7ís, etc.
If you cross your legs keep the sole of your shoe facing the ground. It is a show of disrespect to show the sole of your shoes.
While riding the metro and busses be sure to always offer your seat to someone older then you or those of the fairer sex.
If you are lucky enough to be invited to a Russian flat for dinner, be sure to brong a gift for your hosts - a bottle of wine or flowers or good Russia chocolate is always welcome. If there is a child donít forget to bring a small gift.
Never shake hands through the threshold of the door. This is considered bad luck. In Russia men do not shake hands with woman - it is not proper behavior - "Hello" and a smile will be more appropriate when you greet a woman, unless the lady wants to shake with you (Western influence). You may kiss the ladyís hand if you want to show a special respect towards her, though sometimes it is a little old-fashioned.
Offer to share your snacks and/or cigarettes with those around you.
Be prepared to remove your shoes when entering a home. Most hosts will provide you with a pair of slippers.
Do not put your thumb between your first two fingers - you will not make many friends by doing this.
Never whistle while inside a building, if you do you will soon lose money.