Having lived my entire life in a country which used to be a British colony, driving on the left side of the road is right (a little pun there for you). Furthermore, the driver of the vehicle always sits on the right of the car as all vehicles are right hand drive.
So you can imagine how interesting driving in Siberia is — there are still moments where I feel a rush of paralyzing fear running down the back of my spine when I drive and make a turn (left or right) onto the «wrong» side of the road. Fortunately the South African drivers are as crazy as the Russian drivers, I needed no adjustment to that as I felt right at home!
Speaking of the right and hand. There is a culture of hand shaking amongst the men in Russia, friends, colleagues or just casual acquaintances no matter. In South Africa this is rather unusual, we tend to shake hands only with close friends or on the first meet. We also greet the women with a kiss on the cheek (if it is a friend or someone you haven’t seen in a long time) or a hand shake if it is a business meeting or an introduction.
One aspect where the South African people can take a leaf out of the Russian’s book is work ethic. I am still astonished at the hours the Russian people work at their respective jobs and nobody complains. All though we do have shift work in South Africa, we hardly ever work 6 days a week. Usual business hours for us would be Monday to Friday, from 8 till 5. Saturday work is very, very unusual!
Keep speaking the language!
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