Despite temperatures below zero, thousands of Russians plunge into cold water regularly in so-called ice swimming clubs. They claim that mental preparation is half the battle.
With over 40 countries having branches of the International Ice Swimming Association, it is clearly becoming a popular sport, offering a dose of adrenaline and adventure.
"Usually, I feel fantastic. I get a huge buzz ... a sense of elation, and I just want to do it again. I definitely have a sense of energy, a sense of life, a sense of purpose. It's a definite mood-lifter, no question," Campbell said.
In addition to the adrenaline rush, early studies suggest that cold-water swimming could be a treatment for depression, as it activates the sympathetic nervous system and increases blood levels of noradrenaline and beta-endorphin, which play an important role in the functioning of the heart.
Winter swimming in Russia is a part of the Russian celebration of Epiphany (January 19th). It is a very famous Russian tradition.
In Russian, it is called baptized swimming . On this day, some people in Russia bathe in ice holes. They bathe in ice-cold water, despite the cold.
The priests sanctify the water in the rivers, in the lakes, and people believe that such water, the holy water, brings health: the health of the body and the health of the soul.
Prorub – it is a hole, a special hole which is made in the ice. People cut through the ice, in order to take water or to swim.
The history of the Russian cinema may be divided into three periods: the Russian Empire period, the Soviet Union period and the period after Perestroika and the fall of The Soviet Union.
The cinematography was first brought to the Russian Empire by the Lumiere brothers themselves in the very same year it was invented. Also in 1896 the first Russian film, documenting the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II, was recorded by Camille Cerf. The first Russian feature film was Stenka Razin (1908) byVladimir Romashkov.
Although Russian was the dominant language in films during the Soviet era, the cinema of the Soviet Union encompassed films of the Armenian SSR, Georgian SSR, Ukrainian SSR, and, to a lesser degree, Lithuanian SSR, Belorussian SSR and Moldavian SSR. For much of the Soviet Union's history, with notable exceptions in the 1920s and the late 1980s, film content was heavily circumscribed and subject to censorship and bureaucratic state control.
If you ever think of traveling to the biggest country on earth, you've got to get familiar with many aspects and diversity of the people there as well as the legal entry into Russia.
Another point that you take into account is food choice.
Here is top 10 Russian dishes that won't leave you indifferent.
Pelmeni are dumplings of Russian cuisine that consist of a filling wrapped in thin, unleavened dough. So called brother of Pelmeni is Vareniki, a perfect dish for vegetarian as it is stuffed with potatoes, apple puree or sweet cottage cheese.
Pierogi - small stuffed pies are probably one of the most famous dishes of Russian cuisine. It is made of yeast dough and stuffed with meat, vegetable or fruit filling. Usually pirozhki are baked, but you may find a fried variation of it.
Lenin’s mausoleum in Moscow’s Red Square offers up one of Moscow’s most macabre attractions and perhaps the most famous “modern mummy” in the world.
Frozen in time, Vladimir Ilych Lenin’s embalmed body lays within a red granite and black step-pyramid. Here visitors may gaze on it in the dark, cool of the tomb. When Vladimir Ilych Lenin, the leader of the Bolshevik Revolution, died on January 21, 1924, he did not believe he was going to an afterlife. He assumed that death was the ultimate end for him. How wrong he was. In his will, Vladimir Ilych Lenin requested he be laid to rest in the ground. Instead, he was embalmed and interred in a temporary wooden cube designed by architect Alexei Shchusev. His body was on display before his funeral, and - while the government planned to bury him, according to them - the Russian people wouldn’t have it. The Russian government allegedly received over 10,000 telegrams from the grieving public asking for the body of great leader to be preserved in som…