Many still treasure the notion of finding their “one true love” and settling down as soon as possible.
If you are a foreigner who is only visiting Russia for a limited period of time, your boyfriend may either implore you to stay (and marry him), or, conversely, cut you off completely because he “can’t withstand the pain.” Someone’s been reading a little too much Dostoevsky.
It’s -15C, the icy sidewalks haven’t been cleaned since the Brezhnev era, and you are both wearing thick insulated gloves.
While your boyfriend is in the bathroom, they will explode with praise for their perfect progeny: But you never really figure out what Ivanushka thinks about the whole situation.
While Russians may appear cold and harsh to outsiders, beneath the frozen shell of every Slav lies a true romantic.
Once a Russian man has fallen in love, he may never get back up.
Since most Russian students do not have the financial resources to live on their own, many opt to live in their university’s ramshackle, isolated dormitories.
Think one hour outside of the city center by metro, followed by a 20-minute bus ride.
Inside the barely standing building, a gruff security guard will seize your passport before you climb five flights of stairs to your boyfriend’s lair.
There, you will find no less than five other students residing in a three-person room.
At least one of these cohabitants will be shirtless, and will join you and your guy for a cup of tea before “going to the store.” Overnight guests are strictly forbidden by security, but don’t worry — that’s nothing a bottle of whiskey can’t fix.
If your man has already graduated and has a good job, chances are he still lives with his parents — and possibly grandparents.