“When we started dating, I was challenged with the wall of ice between us, as if she didn’t want to open up or let me closer.

Slowly, step by step, I discover that underneath this ice there was the most loving and caring person in the world.” For many Russian women cooking is a way to show their love, so be prepared for food experiments. Why is she putting cabbage in pies (and everywhere else)? Fermented rye bread drink…well, that one is surprisingly decent!

Nekrasov, a Russian 19th century poet said: “a Russian woman can stop a galloping horse and enter the burning house.” This is a powerful image of an independent woman who doesn’t really need any help or protection from men.

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

Also, during five years of teaching she has never appeared at school wearing the same outfit twice.

But on the other hand, expect bravery in danger and trouble, and the strength that will help both of you overcome the most difficult times. They don’t want just a guy who will love them madly. Good old manners are very important: you are expected to open doors, help to put on coats, bring flowers when you go on a date.

If you are not a gentleman, it is not even worth trying.

For instance, if you want to say that you’re dating someone, as in boyfriend/girlfriend, you’d say .

Of course, there are Spaniards everywhere in Spain.

At first the cuisine might seem absolutely normal and even a little boring. You might hate most of the meals, but occasionally there will be something great (e.g., my boyfriend loves Russian salad.

But when you get to eat Russian food more often than during occasional visit to her parents, you will have more and more questions.

A Russian woman truly believes that her partner is the best person on the planet, the most talented, the strongest, the smartest — and she is sincere about that, because she values herself highly too.

And if she believes she is the queen, she’d only choose the king and treat him like the king – with the respect, care, love and support.

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