When Russia wanted to conquer India

One of the most bizarre and short lived military campaign in the history of Russia was the plan to try to conquer India in 1801. Russia and Britain were allied during the French Revolutionary Wars of the 1790s. In 1799 they even attempted to invade the Netherlands together. When this operation failed, the Russian Emperor Paul I... Continue Reading →

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Russian use of CDs

When I was growing up in Italy, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, many people started believing in an urban legend that, as it is most often the case, proved to be completely phony. The legend said that if you were to hang a CD on a piece of string from your inside rearview... Continue Reading →

Cucumber Sprite – Culture shock n.6

Russians really, really, REALLY love their cucumbers. Fresh or pickled they are almost omnipresent in Russian recipes. It's a fundamental ingredient in the famous Olivier salad (also known as Russian salad in other countries, but not in Russia!) and the "snack" of choice to much on when drinking a shot (or two) of vodka.  During the summer months especially cucumber water and cucumber lemonade have been popular drinks in Russia for a long time.

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