Exploring Russian Culture
Russia is twice the size of the U.S. and is made up of many different regions and ecosystems like massive rivers, deep freshwater lakes, wild plains, tundras, and forests. There are different climate zones from subtropical to polar. The Russian landscape is home to thick forests (taiga), vast plains (steppe), the highest mountain in Europe, Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus (5,642m), the deepest lake in the world, Lake Baikal, and many other wonderful places.
Russia is equally rich in history and traditions and has a deep cultural heritage of art and music. Though the Soviet Union ceases to exist, traces of this period can still be found in everyday Russian life in the habits and ways of thinking of Russian people, especially of the older generation. It’s deeply rooted in Russian culture and requires respect and understanding. It’s common to see people working outside in their vegetable gardens and old men sitting in the park playing chess.