Posted in Russia forum
I'm planning to go to Russia for travels and I was wondering about one thing - what is the attitude of Russians towards foreigners, e.g. Europeans? Are they friendly? Or does it depend on what country you come from?
I don't speak Russian except few words so I guess it will be quite a challenge to go to Russia. How is it in general with English there? Does lot of people speak different languages? Or does it depend on the place, e.g city vs. rural areas?
posted by in Russia forum
Russian people mostly are proud to have an opportunity to exchange a few words with a foreigner :) So Russians are usually happy to help foreigners with directions or whatever.
But as far as I noticed, sales people at the market tend to treat foreigners as a source of money :) So you should learn how to bargain skillfully. Otherwise the price may be considerably higher for you than for the Russian citizens.
I also advice you to read this interesting blog about Russia where you will find a lot of advice for foreign travelers. It will surely help you to understand Russian mentality and attitude better :) Good luck!
http://www.learningtoknowrussian.com (non commercial)