Everyone knows the stereotype of the American abroad: loud, demanding, and wanting to know why things aren’t the way they are back home. This doesn’t just look ungracious; it keeps a traveler from fully enjoying his trip. Impress your Russian lady and have a smooth and enjoyable trip using our tips below:
Learn a Few Russian Phrases
This helps whether you are going to Russia or Ukraine; most Ukrainians also speak Russian. You do not have to become fluent in the language. However, you’ll have an easier trip if you are able to give an address to a taxi driver and order food in a café. Pick up a Russian phrase book or an app for your phone. Translation services are also available from our partner agencies in Russia and the Ukraine.
Pick Up Some Local Currency
Or, at least download a currency conversion program for your phone if you wish to pay for things in US dollars. This makes it quicker and easier for merchants to handle your transactions, and will certainly be greatly appreciated.
Stay Away From McDonald’s and Starbucks
Yes, they have both of those in Russia in Ukraine. But, it seems silly for a gentleman to travel thousands of miles for a Big Mac. Let your Russian bride suggest restaurants that excel at local cuisine so that you can truly experience the best the country has to offer.
Dress Your Best
Bring along clothes that you would wear to an important business meeting. Ukrainians and Russians are sharp dressers, and your bride will be flattered that you make the effort for her. Be sure to also have weather-appropriate clothing for the time of year you visit.
Do Not Offer a Running Commentary on How Americans Do Things
While there will doubtless be a few processes that are much easier in the states, it would be rude to say so to your hosts. Discussions of cultural differences are fine, and can be fascinating for all involved; but, you risk insulting Ukrainian people, leading to hurt feelings.
A trip to Russia or Ukraine to meet a couple of special Russian ladies is exciting. Not only do you get the opportunity to perhaps fall in love, you have the chance to get a unique look at another culture. Bring your most adaptable attitude and your sense of adventure to create a memorable trip.