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In fact, it’s best not to get too upset at rudeness in general.It will often have nothing to do with the color of your skin, as a quick look around will assure you. This is a society where politeness has not been at a premium and where an understanding of “customer relations” does not exist.The following scenario has often happened to me and could easily happen to you: I would walk into the store and stand for several minutes waiting to be served.

by Andrea Ewart My Black skin and African-style braids attracted the curious stares of several Russian workers and guests standing in the lobby of The President’s hotel in Moscow.

The staff member handling my check-out was no exception.

Such incidents should not stop you from enjoying your stay or from returning. I have found that Russians are truly appreciative of any effort made to learn their language, which they know is a difficult one. (In Moscow, the Patrice Lumumba University or People’s Friendship University, as must Russians call it, is located at the farther end of Leninskii Prospekton Miklukho-Maklaya street; metro stations Yugo-Zapadnaya or Belyaevo).

A few words go a long way toward overcoming the barriers of culture and race. * By now, you’ve probably realized that your attitude is key.

In the late 1950s, students from Africa and the Caribbean began to study in larger cities.