1. A home is not a home unless you have at least two extra pairs of tapochki in case you have visitors.
The severe weather conditions dictate the terms even indoors. Most of the houses in Siberia have a wooden floor and rugs to try to keep the warmth longer, so when you come to visit us, there’s nothing better than the feeling of changing from shoes to comfy slippers and start feeling at home. For those of us who live abroad, the idea of being with shoes on at home is nearly impossible to accept.