It is common knowledge that Russia is a big country: in fact, it’s the biggest one! And it’s not only rich in land, but it’s also rich in culture. Don’t you believe me? Well, I think everyone has heard of something related to Russia or the Russian culture. If not, here you have it: 5 reasons why I love Russia and the Russian culture:
1. The language
Honestly, this is not something you hear on a daily basis. If not, people often say: “This language seems to be so difficult and complicated!”. But, thankfully, it’s not the case! I started learning this language 2 years ago and, even though it has its difficult aspects, it’s overall based on logical thinking and connections. The Cyrillic alphabet is easy to learn and it’s beautiful once you get used to it.
I think each and one of you has heard of names such as Pushkin, Tolstoy, Bulgakov or Dostoevsky. If you want to read books that reflect moral and spiritual values, you should definitely try reading some of their works! I heavily recommend “The Master and Margarita” by Bulgakov or “Crime and Punishment” by Dostoevsky!
If there’s something that I know for sure, it’s the fact that Russian architecture is astonishingly beautiful! From St. Basil’s Cathedral to the traditional wooden houses, Russian architecture is amazing regardless! Moreover, their metro stations are by far the most wonderful! The metro stations are unique and different from what I’ve seen before. They are also decorated with various mosaics and marbles, which is pretty cool for a metro station, if you ask me!
I think that one of the coolest things about this country is that not only is it beautiful from an architectural point of view, but its nature is also breathtaking! There are many forests, especially in the Altai region, glaciers, lakes, such as Lake Baikal (which is also the deepest one in the world) and mountains (Ural, Caucasus). Moreover, there are many animals, especially animals we’re already familiar with, such as foxes and bears.
Well, I guess I saved the best for last! Russians are well-known for their various cuisine, such as borsch, chicken Kiev, blini or pelmeni! There are some very tasty Russian beverages as well, such as kompot, kissel or kvass, which I heavily recommend!
Every country has its distinctive aspects regarding culture and they are unique in their different ways! If you think that a country is interesting, go ahead and learn more about it! Learn the language, visit it (not during a pandemic, though) and try making its traditional dishes, if you love cooking!
It’s high time we embraced other cultures and learned about them.