For the majority of them life is like a podium, and so they have to look sparkling even on the way to get a newspaper or walking the dog.

My friend Sasha wears high heels every day and doesn’t worry about the lack of comfort as soon as it looks great.

The ideal to strive for is ensuring your female companion is carrying nothing except her purse. Compared to their Western counterparts, Russian women are more open to male chivalry – and are more likely to expect it from you. In Russia giving flowers in even numbers is only considered appropriate for funerals, although modern florists claim you’ll be fine as long as the total number exceeds a dozen.

Does it actually mean she is okay and there is nothing to worry about?

Or is it a hint meaning you’d better get some chocolate and roses?

You’d expect help from your beloved, but when it comes to hospitality, all Russians tend to become unreasonable and overfeed their guests until it is hard to move. Is dating a Russian girl worth putting on a lot of weight?

And don’t forget the initiation: the dad will most likely test you at some point.

In Moscow on the other hand, if you try such a maneuver then your date will likely think you’re a cheapskate. Feminism is something Russian women tend to leave at home when they go to a grocery store.

If she is a well-mannered person, she would probably get her purse and do a fake “reach” for her wallet, making it seem like she is ready to pay her share. If there are two bags in front of you two, and one is heavier, you should take both of them.If you really want to unravel the mystery that is a Russian woman, you should probably skip this survival guide entirely and read some Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.Still, since Russian authors were never known for their brevity, sending you off to a library before your first date with Natasha or Tatiana or Olga would simply be inhumane on our part.You should prove that the family can trust you with their precious child. For example, my boyfriend Jacques had to drink a full bottle of vodka with my dad.Otherwise he would be considered too weak to protect me in danger.After all her mother told her that any girl who knows her worth never arrives on time.