A proper Winter…
Swap ‘heat’ for the cold
Lots of Aussies on my On the Go Tour were escaping the 35 degree heat in Australia and swapping it for up to minus 35 on one day! You are guaranteed to have a proper Winter in Russia. In England it might get cold in the Winter but it’s normally grey and rainy and obviously in Australia it doesn’t really get cold at all! (They do have some mountains with snow I hear…)
The beauty of the snowy landscapes
The iconic onion domes of the churches and historic buildings in Moscow and St Petersburg are truly beautiful when covered by a dusting of snow. It feels like a proper Winter when you can walk around in snowy streets. It also feels like a proper Winter when you can get fully wrapped up. The landscapes are very pretty, reminding me of the snowy scenes in Dr Zhivago – so romantic!
Get closer to understanding the Russians
By experiencing what they experience in the Winter you can understand more of how they act like they do. Russian’s aren’t unfriendly when they don’t smile at you in the street – they don’t know you and who stops to have a chat with a random tourist in the cold?! All the Russians I’ve met whilst inside in the warm or interacting with me were happy to talk and ‘break the ice’ so to speak!
The culture is definitely impacted by the Winter – Russians like to look stylish whilst also being well wrapped up. This means lots of fur, think fur hats, fur lined boot and fur coats. Obviously they are going to be more into the real thing, for its light and warm properties, but there was also a lot of fake fur around too.
Want to visit?
Let me know in the comments what attracts you to Russia in Winter.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on the blog for more posts on what I did in Russia over New Years Eve. From Moscow to St Petersburg there is plenty to see!