Novyye Russkiye

aka "New Russians" or новые русские (in Cyrillic)

Fall is in full swing and winter is fast approaching.

It won’t be long until people in the northern hemisphere bring out their luscious coats made out of the most fabulous tweeds, the most exotic furs, the warmest wools, the chic cashmeres and of course, puffy, faux-down-filled puffy bomber-style jackets worn by the unfortunate poor ones.

I’m doing my 2nd winter pilgrimage to the land of the the matrioshkas.

Why Russia?

You see, I always get that dreaded "Why Russia?" every time I talk about Russia.

No, it’s definitely not about the caviar… even if I eat the finest beluga, sevruga and osetra thrice a day until my poop looks like miniature hershey’s kisses (aka goat poop).

No, it’s definitely not about the vodka… even if I drink vodka all day long.

No, it’s definitely not the gorgeous, tall, skinny, runway model lookey-likey girls.

No, it’s most definitely not the hunt for gorgeous, fit, toned boys aka my own personal Olympic gymnast/swimmer/sports person.

No, it’s definitely not the cold weather.

No, it’s definitely not the ostentatious display of wealth by the New Russians

So why Russia?

Well…

No amount of Russian Tourist Board propaganda (I don’t think there’s one) can convince me to go to the land of the czars and the communists other than these 2 pictures can.

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God.

Now THAT is something.

Yes?

Come visit Russia, land of vodka, caviar and um, um, um…

I’m at a loss of words on this one.

Baboosh!