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Coming to Russia on a Vodkatrain journey, you will definitely want to get one of those “Babushka” dolls. Have you ever wondered what “babushka” means?
Now, that you are about to find out, we’d like to ask you to revise your decision to get one of them in your possession. “Babushka” actually means ‘grandmother’ in Russian, with the other meaning being ‘an old woman’ in general! So, babushka would be awesome to make some delicious pirozhky (stuffed pies) and feed you up with bliny (pancakes). Although watch out for dedushkas (grandpas), who won’t be that happy to let go of them!
Therefore our suggestion is you should stick to a Matryoshka!
Matryoshka is the real name for the wooden dolls that you’ll be stocking up on and this is what you should be asking for when in Russia. The word “matryoshka” derives from “maternity” and the dolls that nest in one another symbolize fertility. The fair question is, how much fertility would you wish to have with 50 dolls inside??
We’ll leave it with you to decide what will be your choice of matryoshka and don’t forget to greet a babushka with a warm word if you buy some pirozhky from them on the platform!