22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia

22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia

Legends
say that under a thick layer of Russian snow live severe people that never
smile, make friends with bears, and wear heavy fur coats. Well, legends are
never true, though they might sound interesting. The reality in these cold
lands is much more interesting and involves bathing in ice-holes, making
snowmen on highways, and going to the navy with your cat while drinking
cucumber-flavored Sprite! Want to take a look?
Bright
Side invites you on a wonderful trip around Russia. Sit back and enjoy!
1. Bathing in an ice-hole


22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
This
custom might seem “crazy” to foreigners, but it’s completely normal in Russia
to dive into an ice-hole in January! This is optional, but many people really
enjoy it. It is believed that doing this helps to cleanse the body and the
spirit, and it relieves one of sins.
2. Cats in Russia are allowed to go to the
navy.



22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
3. Red caviar, a favorite treat


22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
Red caviar is a common food eaten during the
Russian New Year.
4. It’s cold there, but they nailed it!


22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
In
winter, in some regions of Russia, the temperature can fall to −86° F (-30° C),
but it doesn’t mean that people will hide in their houses and wait till spring.
Instead, they seem to have fun in low temperatures.
5. Russia is the land of astonishing nature.

22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
Lake
Baikal is an ancient, massive lake in Siberia, the pride of Russia. It’s the
deepest and cleanest lake on Earth! The lake’s length is 600 km (373 miles) and
during the winter the thickness of the top of the ice can reach 2 meters (6.5
feet). Because the water is so clean, you can see through the ice.
6. Russians can turn anything into art.


22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
7. — “Is this the Soviet Union?”
— “No, this is Patrick.”


22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
8. In winter time, mornings in Russia don’t
start with coffee.



22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
9. Snow is a great source of fun. You can
even make a snowman while



22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
10. An ice cave of Kamchatka


22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
11. Klyuchevskaya Sopka is one of the highest
active volcanoes in the



22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
12. Polar lights in the Murmansk region
during the night



22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
13. Winter of a true perfectionist


22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
14. After months of cold weather comes the
season of insects!

22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
15. Architecture in Russia will amaze you.
22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
16. Iron Tree, Russian Ministry of
Agriculture



22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
17. Brooklyn Bridge? More like the
Vladivostok Bridge!



22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
The
opening of the main symbol of the city of Vladivostok is the bridge across the
bay known as “Golden Horn”.
18. Ostankino Telecommunications Center in
Moscow

22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
19. Trolling with style? They’ve got that.


22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
In
the 18th century, Sweden was Russia’s biggest enemy. In Saint Petersburg, you
can find the Bronze Horseman, a monument for Peter the Great, and in Stockholm,
there’s a statue of Charles XII. They were the kings of Russia and Sweden at
those times. According to legend, both statues point to the countries of each
other to show their rivalry.
20. The Mir mine makes the surrounding town
look miniature.



22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
The
Mir mine is an open pit diamond mine located in the city of Mirny, Russia. The
mine is 525 meters deep (4th in the world) and has a diameter of 1,200 meters.
21. Waiting for spring: Maslenitsa


22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
Maslenitsa
is a Slavic celebration of the end of winter. Maslenitsa is celebrated during
the first week of March for 7 days! People bake tons of pancakes that are
round, yellow, and hot like the sun, ride horses, and walk in traditional or
pagan costumes. At the end of the holiday on Sunday, people say goodbye to
Maslenitsa by burning the stuffed figure of winter.
22. There’s cucumber-flavored Sprite in Russia.

22 Badass Things That Are Only Possible in Russia
Have
you ever visited Russia? What amazed you the most in this country? Or maybe,
you’re planning your first visit to Russia? What would you want to see and try
there? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section!
SOURCE: BRIGHTSIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.