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History of Valentine's Day

The tragic, unromantic history of Valentine’s Day

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The true meaning of Valentine's Day takes a different light when you learn the history of Valentine's Day. Who was St Valentine anyhow? Here we look at Valentine's Day around the world.

Halloween All Saints Day

The truth about Halloween you didn't know

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Have candy, costumes and commercialisation distracted us from the true meaning of Halloween? Here are some Halloween facts you should know before putting on your Halloween costume.

How to flirt: a European guide

How to flirt: a European guide

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The French flatter; the Brits are crass. So says a social anthropologist in this review on cross-cultural flirting techniques in Europe.

Russian culture

The top icons in Russian counterculture

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Many top Russian icons had an influence on mainstream Russian soviet society through their counterculture ideas and thoughts.

Unfold Conflicts: Integrating a new culture

Unfold Conflicts: Integrating a new culture

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Is true integration possible? Louise Dancet explains how different cultural habits can leave expats feeling offended, and how to overcome this.

Being Multilingual: Multilingual rudeness

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Linguist Madalena Cruz-Ferreira discusses how attempts at 'multilingual rudeness' can go astray without learning the other vital clues associated with language.

Legendary stories behind Chinese New Year

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The Year of the Dragon begins on 23 January 2012. Chinese expat Xian brings you three insider stories about the biggest celebration of the year.

Tips for travelling in Russia Part 2

Tips for travelling in Russia Part 2

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Many travellers are keen to visit the mysterious land of the tsars, but are put off by the visa applications and language barriers. Austrian expat Evy Hua offers some tips on how to travel around.

Tips for travelling in Russia Part 1

Tips for travelling in Russia Part 1

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Many travellers are keen to visit the mysterious land of the tsars, but are put off by the visa applications and language barriers. Austrian expat Evy Hua offers some tips on how to travel around.

Feel the beet with borscht

Feel the beet with borscht

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A delicious beet and beef borscht recipe -- a staple in Russian cuisine that's hot, hearty, and an overall cozy comfort food.

Russian recipe: Syrniki

Russian recipe: Syrniki

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Moscow expat blogger Katherina Batalov shares an easy recipe for these cheesy Russian pancakes.

Russian Holidays 101: Grandfather Frost

Russian Holidays 101: Grandfather Frost

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Jennifer Eremeeva explains Grandfather Frost and his daughter Snowflake -- the Santa Claus and Chris Cringle of Russia.

Russian Holidays 101: New Year's

Russian Holidays 101: New Year's

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Due to the gap between Gregorian and Julian calendars, Russia goes about the holidays slightly later and slightly different. Dairmid Gunn explains.

Recipe: Georgian Cheese Bread - Hachapuri

Recipe: Georgian Cheese Bread - Hachapuri

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Blogger and American expat Katbat shares her recipe for delicious, mouth-watering cheese bread; combining three different cheeses she can easily pick up at the local supermarkets in Moscow.

Top recipes on Expatica Moscow

Top recipes on Expatica Moscow

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A collection of the top five recipes written by Expatica Moscow bloggers and cuisine gurus, from pimped-out pickles to the classic beef stroganoff.



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