Activities that Russians do in their free time

In order to enjoy the full experience of what Russia is like, you will need to know what are the activities that Russians do in their free time. Not just visiting sight seeing, but spending time like how Russians do, will give you a thrilling experience and cultural knowledge unlike any other.

So, here are some of the activities that you can join and feel the "kitchen" from inside.

1. Camping

Outdoor recreation is always refreshing. Russia is filled with beautiful lakes and rivers so camping is certainly an enjoyable hobby. Whether it’s with friends or families, there are many activities you can do while camping such as boat or canoes, BBQ, cooking, baking potatoes, singing or dancing around the campfire, and many more. 

2. Playing Sports

One of the good pastime for many Russian are going to the local field and playing some ball.  Some of the most played sports in Russia are ice hockey, football, basketball, volleyball, figure skating, boxing, wrestling, martial arts, and skiing. Healthy lifestyles are the trend nowadays and some might prefer going to the gym/fitness centers instead. Whether it’s to the gym or to the field though, the moment will be enjoyable nevertheless.

3. Going to the Park

Picnics, jogging, or just enjoying the view- the park is a leisurely place that everyone of any age likes.  There are often many interesting events held at the park as well like street exhibitions and yoga classes, so checking them out is recommended.

4. Dacha (Country House)

There is a long cultural history behind the Russian dacha.  Dacha is a small house located in the countryside with a garden growing fruits or vegetables. Weekends and summer vacations are often spent in these country houses with families, growing potatoes, cucumbers, and strawberries together. Most Russians have a full time job in the city and on weekends, they drive to their dachas and tend their gardens. Taking care of crops is no easy feat and to foreigners, this might seem very tiring. Yet, dachas have been part of a long tradition and has become a way of life. Russians do not just spend all their time working on their garden though. They can invite people over, like friends and family, to do some sports, eat some fruits, and even BBQ. So dachas aren’t just all work, they can be a place to have fun and relax too.

5. Fishing

Whether it’s summer or winter, fishing is a popular entertainment for Russians and in certain parts of Russia, tourist fishing is increasing as well. Amazing fishing adventures towards various regions of Russia can be arranged and there are even guides for trophy hot spots in Russia. Using a rod, spinning, and catch, you can hook up great fishes all within your controlled budget.

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