Hello, everyone! This has been my first week in Russia. I have enjoyed it very much! The culture is very different from China’s. To be honest, it has been a bit difficult to adjust to Russia’s culture after spending so long in China. The manners and cultural norms in China are completely different from Russia. Let me give you a couple examples.
In China, it is very crowded, so it is normal for you to push someone when they don’t immediately move forward. On the subway, if the train doors open and someone doesn’t move, you simply push them. I have adapted to this way of behaving. So I was at the mall the other day, and I was behind a couple who were standing in the doorway without moving. I was about to push them out of the way when I remembered I wasn’t in China anymore. Thank god I didn’t push them out of the way. I might have been smacked in the face for pushing a man’s girlfriend!
Another cultural difference is the way people cross the street. In China, you can cross the street simply by walking into the middle of traffic and holding your hand out as if to say ‘I am walking here. Wait for me.’ In Russia, this is obviously not the case. You will be honked at and you might be hit by a car, or even cause a traffic accident. I sometimes remind myself that I can’t cross the street until the crosswalk prompts me to, and to do otherwise would be reckless to everyone around me.
But I have found that I like Russia and its culture very much. Russia has a culture of politeness, which I admire. The Russian people are very kind and patient with me, even when I attempt speaking Russian with the worst grammar imaginable. I truly do like it here.