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Russia – Language

Caucasus Mountains, Russia

Russian is of course the official language in Russia.
But there are actually about 100 languages spoken in Russia, used by many ethnic groups.

I believe, that almost everyone who lives in Russia, can speak Russian (or am I wrong?).

And in general, Russian language is quite useful.
I was learning Russian in high school (it’s not a typical case in Poland) and some years later, while traveling, I found it’s very useful to have some knowledge of Russian.

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Russia – Vodka

Caucasus Mountains, Russia

What people usually drink in Russia?
-Well, my answer would be black tea. But, I can imagine that many may say “vodka”. 😉

I’m from Poland, and Polish have similar reputation concerning drinking vodka as Russians. But in both countries, there are many people who don’t drink alcohol at all. However, there has to be some truth, that Russians (and also Polish) can drink much more vodka than other nationalities. 😉

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Russia – Climate

Caucasus Mountains, Russia

Is “Russia” a synonym of “cold country”?
Well, I guess it may be.
In this huge country, you’ll find many places with extremely cold winters. However, the continental climate dominates in Russia, so in winter it can be very cold (even about -70°C), and very hot in summer (even +45°C). These numbers are quite extreme!

My first trip to Russia was in winter, and it wasn’t actually so cold. Well, it was quite mild period, with not so much snow, I was lucky. 😉

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Russia – Time Zones

Caucasus Mountains, Russia

Russia spans eleven time zones (including Kaliningrad Oblast), ranging from UTC+02:00 to UTC+12:00! Isn’t it an impressive number?

For comparison, in the United States you can count up to 9 time zones, however it includes all territories.

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Russia – Europe & Asia

Caucasus Mountains, Russia

Russia is located partly in Europe and partly in Asia.
About 25% of the total area of Russia is located in Europe, but this part is inhabited by almost 80% of Russian citizens.
So majority of Russians can say they are Europeans. I guess, not so many people say that they are from Eurasia – but that sounds much more unique than “I’m from Europe”. 😉

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Russia – Large & Empty

Caucasus Mountains, Russia

Russia is the largest country in the world.
Its area covers over 17 million square kilometers, it means Russia occupies one-tenth of all the land on Earth!

Russia shares land borders with many countries (in alphabetic order): Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, North Korea, Norway, Poland, Ukraine.

There are almost 150 million people living in Russia. That’s a lot! But taking into account its total area, Russia seems to be quite empty. There are huge cities with many citizens, but there are also many completely empty places in Russia.
So Russia is large, populous and empty.

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Russia – Introduction

Caucasus Mountains, Russia

Welcome to Russia!
October on my blog is going to be all about the Russian Federation.

Since many years, Russia has been a controversial country (because of different reasons). I know people who doesn’t want to go there because of political reasons. On the other hand, it’s still a very interesting country.
I’ll show you places that I’ve visited in Russia, and, as always, I will try to skip politics but will mention some historical facts.

Have you been to Russia? What’s your favorite place in Russia?

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Malta – Final impression

Mdina, Malta

It’s already the end of September, so the series about Malta on my blog is almost over.
How did you like it?

As a summary, I’ll give a list of my favorite places from Malta:
-Megalithic Temples (all are great!)
-Marsaxlokk (lovely town)
-Ta’ Kola Windmill (Gozo Island)
-Mdina & Rabat
-Valletta
-and coast, especially with nice rock formations, e.g., nearby the Blue Grotto.

See you tomorrow! 🙂

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