New Year’s Eve is the New Russian Christmas

Ever since I remember myself in the country where I come from – Belarus, New Year holidays are celebrated in a common and pretty familiar way which takes roots from the Soviet time. As long as Olivier or a Russian salad and red caviar are served, New Year’s celebration is legit.

First of all, why all the Christians in Western European countries and the US get together with their families on Catholic Christmas while all the Slavic people completely ignore this tradition?

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Spontaneous planning in the Netherlands? Try it like a Russian

It’s about this time of the year to spend hours in book shops to buy a perfect annual agenda for the upcoming year. At least in the Netherlands, there will be a bunch of people congregating in front of freshly printed “Agenda” sections available in all colors, shapes, and sizes. The struggle is real! If you are a tech-savvy kid, then please renew your Evernote subscription or sign up at Any.do and make it your handbook for all life occasions planning from the daily routine to family birthday reminders. Believe me, all these seem to be unnecessary apps and websites would benefit your future life as an expat in the Netherlands. The success and your wellbeing for the whole upcoming year are at stake, no mistakes are allowed here. Continue reading Spontaneous planning in the Netherlands? Try it like a Russian

Healthcare: Dutch love for Ibuprofen and Russian addiction to Antibiotics

I left my parents’ nest at the age of 21 and mom immediately rushed packing a first-aid-kit for me as If I’d go for a 5-year journey to an inhabitant island in the middle of nowhere.

Well, now looking back at the very beginning of my Dutch journey, I’m grateful she did. Being raised as a highly educated person in the field of medicine (it can happen quite naturally if your parents work in a medical newspaper), I had gathered somewhat extensive knowledge regarding the usage of all the necessary medicaments. “Perhaps It was all in vain” – I sighed once I faced up with a remarkable Dutch healthcare system. It can be explained with one magical word – Ibuprofen that Dutch doctors absolutely adore. Unexpectedly, it can cure almost anything except diarrhea or so, at least I didn’t try to cure in the following way.

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Filling the food gaps between Dutch and Russian cultures

After living in St-Petersburg for more than a year, I’ve noticed some major cultural differences including eating habits preferences between the West and the East. In particular, Dutch and Russian food culture gap.

How much do we value breakfast? Why Russians are so fond of soup while Dutch just would grab a simple sandwich instead of a hot meal? Is everything about dinner for Dutch? What to expect from Dutch people while giving a call during dinner time? As for me, I’d think more than twice.

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