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  1. GARIMA TIWARI
    June 7, 2018 @ 11:47 pm

    Amazing blog.. full of creativity, your blog inspired me a lot to write more .. well done keep it up
    All the best for future

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    • dankiteski
      June 8, 2018 @ 12:50 pm

      Thank you, Garima!

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  2. Barbara Schroeder
    June 10, 2018 @ 6:28 pm

    I have many Russians living in my neighborhood in California and the babuskas tend to dress the same in America as in the homeland.

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    • dankiteski
      June 10, 2018 @ 11:49 pm

      That’s something new even for me. I guess if you’re Russian, you carry Russia with you everywhere you go 🙂

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  3. Katie
    June 10, 2018 @ 7:36 pm

    Such an interesting read. I am so surprised that they consider tea to be the national drink. And yeah, I totally get the grumpy point as well. I am yet to meet a smiley Russian haha but once you do get them talking they are quite friendly.

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    • dankiteski
      June 10, 2018 @ 11:51 pm

      Honestly, I was surprised too about the tea part the first time I visited. It’s true, once you are friends with a Russian, you discover their real character. Otherwise, they don’t waste much energy on communicating with strangers.

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  4. Hang Around The World - Paolo
    June 10, 2018 @ 9:51 pm

    Russian aren’t grumpy and this is true because I know some people who are russian and they are friendly! I have to be honest, I always thought that russians drink vodka also because in some movies you can see this…

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    • dankiteski
      June 10, 2018 @ 11:51 pm

      Yes, I guess the vodka part is surprising for most people. Damn you, Hollywood 😀

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  5. Aditi
    June 11, 2018 @ 10:22 pm

    As a child, every time a friend or relative visited Russia, I would get Babushka dolls as a gift. I just loved them as a kid. Thanks for sharing this post. Now I know they aren’t just dolls.

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    • dankiteski
      June 12, 2018 @ 10:29 pm

      That’s a really interesting story. I’m glad you could learn something new, Aditi 🙂

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  6. Daniel Armesto
    June 12, 2018 @ 12:06 am

    Really cool take on Russian stereotypes! I’m going to take some notes for my next trip to Russia.

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    • dankiteski
      June 12, 2018 @ 10:29 pm

      I’m glad you could learn some new things, Daniel. Thanks for the comment

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  7. Aisha
    June 12, 2018 @ 7:35 pm

    I loved reading this! All very insightful points to help breakdown stereotypes 🙂 My favorite though is the real life Babushkas! I had no idea ladies like this were a reality even in 2018 but I truly appreciate and admire the respect that is given to them. Beautiful!

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    • dankiteski
      June 12, 2018 @ 10:33 pm

      Indeed, Aisha. Many people don’t know that Babushkas are actually living beings but yeah they are treated with a lot of respect 🙂

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  8. Rish
    August 5, 2018 @ 8:33 am

    Nesting doll is called MATRESHKA, not Babushka )) In all other respects, a wonderful article! I am Russian and most of my friends do not even like vodka. Tea, however, is another matter entirely… Black is the favourite, but herbal tea is also a hit. Lots of people have dachas, a summer house with a bit of land surrounding it where folks grow vegetables and fruits and flowers for fun, relaxation and as a source of organic food. Herbs are also commonly grown and used to make an amazing addition to tea, among other things. As for the weather… Well, it is 09:30 in Moscow and +28C outside already and if not for the AC unit I would be a stew by the end of the day!

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    • dankiteski
      August 22, 2018 @ 4:11 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion, Rish. I’m really glad you enjoyed the article 🙂 It means a lot coming from a Russian

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