"Never ever tell a Russian man he's good-looking," she said, shaking her head.
"Men are already too cocky."Later, I asked Nina what it's like to date in her country.
" I asked her casually and perhaps somewhat deliriously after the long flight.
I eyed her bare ring finger as our driver whizzed by bleak-looking fields of snow-covered fields of birch trees.
While I have a few girlfriends who have sworn off men for short periods of time (even Taylor Swift reportedly was on a break from dating, though I think I may have just spotted a tabloid pic of her snuggling with a bad-boy DJ—sigh), and I've had my share of I'm-done-with-men-moments in past months, I'd never encountered anything like this.
Women in Russia seemed to not only be at peace with singlehood, they actually seemed to unabashedly it.
Petersburg shared, adding that many are unfaithful and almost all expect their wives to cook and clean and look perfect while doing it.
Between book signings, I indulged my curiosity by interviewing Russian women and reading everything I could find online written about the plight of women in this beautiful and complex country.
According to recent statistics, there are 11 million more women than men in Russia.
On the plane to Moscow, the flight attendant refilled our wine glasses, I stared out the dark airplane window and thought about my divorce, my beleaguered heart, and the endless dating hamster wheel.
Though I had recently begun seeing someone exclusively, I still had fears, and even more questions."Maybe Russian women have it all figured out?