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Over the weekend, I was sitting at my apartment pool, relaxing in the hot sun when I was disturbed by very loud voices. Immediately I could tell that it was some of the Russian residents living in my building. For me, it's easy to spot Russians in the crowd, perhaps because I spend so much time communicating with them in my personal life and in this blog. They most often talk in a very loud tone, which sounds aggressive to my English trained ears. Why is this? This is not only at my apartment, but also a perception based on numerous personal encounters with Russians in the USA, on airplanes and throughout Russia. It's not an insult, just an observation. :) The topic of the conversation can be extremely friendly, with a loved one or friend, yet still sound like an argument to me because I barely understand any Russian words when they are spoken by natives.

Other signs that the person at my pool is Russian - older women almost always wear bikinis, despite their physical shape or appearance. Very old, overweight females stuff themselves into these types of bathing suits, and it's fine. About someone else's appearance, I have no opinion or say, and if they're comfortable in this type of clothing, more power to these ladies! :) However, it's not so common for old women in the States to wear bikinis, I very rarely see it. Similarly, Russian and European men at my pool almost always wear Speedos, or tightly constricted swimming trunks. It doesn't matter that they have huge bellies, I suppose it's just a cultural difference in swimwear attire. Something like this...Read more...Collapse )

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ertree
Jul. 22nd, 2015 01:26 pm (UTC)
it's very funny but i have always found that Americans speak loudly. Never think it may seem vice versa. )
marichernova
Jul. 22nd, 2015 01:41 pm (UTC)
Знаете я лучше посмотрю на русского мужика в таких плавках, чем на немецкого мужика в шортах, который стоит дрочит и думает, что никто не видит.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 22nd, 2015 01:47 pm (UTC)
As for me, Italians are the most noisy. Russians can be diffrent even calm maybe you can met them somewhere in Russia often they have not so much money to live in your appartment.
about bikini. its strange but bikini is not so expensive in Russia as other types of swimming dressses, maybe its marketing i didnt notice foreign trends really.So is speedos- just cheaper and more offers in shops
dubai100
Jul. 22nd, 2015 01:54 pm (UTC)
I know that you are a patriot of America, but may be you could also write something negative about America or Americans? It will be interesting to read. Or may be it is taboo for you?

Edited at 2015-07-22 02:18 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:20 pm (UTC)
I don't feel anything negative towards Americans honestly. I love the USA, and have a wonderful life here. I live in a diverse, friendly, tolerant and open culture. For this, I'm grateful and happy. Of course, there are assholes everywhere. :) Plus, this is my culture, so I rarely notice strange things that foreigners do. That's why I like reading foreigners' perceptions about America, to get a view from the "outside." :)
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zorra_africa
Jul. 22nd, 2015 03:43 pm (UTC)
Well, I can't say that the ladies at the first picture could be considered as overweight in Russia.
Answering your question - I guess it would be easy for me to spot a low-educated russian.
But if he or she speaks fluent English and isn't sitting on a table with a bottle of vodka yelling at people - I'm not sure I can tell =)
peacetraveler22
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:30 pm (UTC)
Perhaps it's only on RuNet, but Russians appear much more critical of women's weight/appearance when compared to Americans. People even crawl into the comments here, telling me I need to lose weight, dress better, etc. :))
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theodorexxx
Jul. 22nd, 2015 04:38 pm (UTC)
Do you think they aren't attractive?
peacetraveler22
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC)
No, I don't find any of these men attractive. I like mountain men, or hippie types. :) Not clean cut or overly muscular guys. I prefer the scruffy look.
theodorexxx
Jul. 22nd, 2015 04:40 pm (UTC)
If you sum them then divide it by two you will get 2 normal men:
peacetraveler22
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:26 pm (UTC)
Ha! :)
scooperfield
Jul. 22nd, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
Speedos, huh?
Dylan chuckled silently. In Los Angeles he had to have designer boxers, silk. In Payne he couldn’t drop his drawers unless he wore tightie whities. Really cheap tightie whities.

Redwood Bend by Robyn Carr
theodorexxx
Jul. 22nd, 2015 05:00 pm (UTC)
Americans smile as if smile is their armor
qi_tronic
Jul. 22nd, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yes it is!

It all started in Wild West many years ago.
They worried of being shot by a stranger so they smile preventively.
Our people here are (mostly) unarmed so we do not need this facial exersise and we can insult each other without consequences...
(Anonymous)
Jul. 22nd, 2015 05:53 pm (UTC)
Насчет шумности, лично мне американцы кажутся намного более шумными чем русские, в американском ресторане - кафе если много народу просто невозможно находится, там все реально орут. В русском же вполне можно находится и если много народу, люди говорят тише. И дети наши русские намного тише американских, когда после постоянного обезьянника на американских детских площадках, я приезала в Россию, то была поражена тишиной. Так что насчет тишины абсолютный бред.
palastrovaolga
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:14 pm (UTC)
In the photo people are not like Russians. Maybe you don't know Russian language. Russians rarely talk loudly.
caramba_hola
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:15 pm (UTC)
Кстати да, на первом фото похоже на Крым. Наверное, это украинцы. ))
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krutoypayalnik
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:36 pm (UTC)
No - you uniform idiot, look at his fat and ugly fellow, I'm sick of fatty Americans.
peacetraveler22
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:57 pm (UTC)
How many fatty Americans have you met or spoken to?
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larionov_1988
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:40 pm (UTC)
chto hotela skazat tupaia pizda?
sanya_de_costa
Jul. 22nd, 2015 07:56 pm (UTC)
I am 29 and I wear speedos on the beach.

I tried to wear shorts, but they are really uncomfortable to swim, and at scholl years I went to swimming pool. So until now I prefer to swim in the sea, not just to stand in the water.
Shorts function as parachute in the water, they slacken movement in water. After few years wearing shorts at the beach I finally gave uo and bought speedos. =)
I know that on the West such clothes is for gays, but in this question, I don't understand why we should rely on the western opinion, and not they on ours? I can't figure out what is gay in these clothes! (when wornat the beach or at pool)
peacetraveler22
Jul. 22nd, 2015 09:55 pm (UTC)
You should not rely on Western opinion, or even Russian opinion. :) Just wear what you want. I understand how speedos are more practical if you're actually swimming, but most people at the ocean here are merely standing or just splashing around. We're lazy Americans, remember? :))
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naysayer15
Jul. 22nd, 2015 10:03 pm (UTC)
again, in the USA you communicate a lot mostly with the Jews - who have nothing to do with the Russians. I hope you will learn it some day and write it correctly in the future. I will repeat this simple idea every time untill I understand that you have finally grasped this concept.

And why do you think that people on your pictures/in your story are necessarily Russians and not Ukranians, Polish, Jewish, Moldovans and the whole variety of nationalities from the CIS countries and the Eastern Europe? You couldn`t even determine what language they were speaking :) It is just ridiculous, curly :)

BTW, when your completely wasted body was flung on the floor of a house in a shithole - you didn`t look classy either :) And being a person of your complexion I would abstain from pointing at others` bodies, clothes and stuff - no offence though :)

Edited at 2015-07-22 10:07 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Jul. 22nd, 2015 10:47 pm (UTC)
How do you know who I commnicate with in the USA? I said the people in the photo are overweight, which they are. However, if you read the comments I also said I prefer fleshy, full figures over skin and bones. I never claimed to have a perfect body. :) Sometimes I'm thinner, sometimes thick. Such is the life of a 42 year old female. :))
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