Today, I brought you a story about Russia. if you are interested in the Russian Lifestyle, Russian culture, Russian traditions and Russian Living, this is something related to Russia. I enjoyed lots of work from Russian literature in my childhood and teenage. If you have travelled in Russia or if you ever met a Russian guy, have a look at this story.
If you are lazy to read a whole bunch of stories, look at the end of this article to see this story in a video with beautiful scenarios of Russia.
Imagine you are drinking tea in an English cafe in London. At the next table, there is a hot beautiful girl and she is ready to drink a cup of tea. If she closes her right eye while drinking the tea, she is definitely Russian
Russia is the largest country in the World by size. If you are looking for a very common thing for Russia, it is really hard to point out one thing. Russia is such as diverse country than you think. At least One Russian can’t find another one if two people live in two different regions.
The reason is Russia is big and it is actually unified one kingdom of a number of different regions. Russia begins with the Eastern edge of Europe and Ends at almost the western end of the USA parallel to Japan.
So the length of Russia is almost half of the World. It is something like a Japanese man and a Greek Man live in the same country. Muslims to Orthodox Christians, Asian face to German face, all live in one country.
I found so specific traditions that only follow by Russians while drinking tea. As you remember, we talked about World’s most tea consumption country “Turkey” and its weird tulip-shaped cup. Russia is unique. Russians have few weird traditions related to their tea ceremonies.
As you know, many countries consider drinking tea as a little ceremony. It starts from the making steps. UK people add lemon, sugar or milk to the tea. Canadian People often use Maple Syrup with Tea. Italian People add honey to the tea.
But in Russia, often they add JAM instead of sugar or honey. It’s an old traditional tea pouring method in Russia. Once my friend who studied to become a doctor in Russia, said that some young Russians used chocolate pieces instead of sugar.
So, the Jam is a substitute for sugar in Russia when drinking a cup of tea. And Tea isn’t necessarily to be a soft drink all the time in Russia. Wait… what?
Yes. Russians never hesitate to use alcoholic drinks as toppings on cups of tea. Especially, Russian local alcoholic drinks are often used as toppings. Not just even local drinks, even Rum is using as a topping for tea. Tea is high tea in any lower class in Russia.
As you heard, High tea is served in 5-star hotels and upper-class mansions. But, in Russia, tea will never be served alone. Always few sorts of sweets will be companied the tea. You can see this at 5 o’clock tea time in England. But, not all the time as Russian do. Last but not least, actually the most interesting part is at the end of the video.
As I said earlier, Russians are closing their eyes every time they close the cup to the mouth. The reason is Russians never remove the teaspoon from the cup until they finish drinking. The result is tea with the metal spoon in the cup is getting cooler fast and some say it tastes better.
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