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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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ravenra
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:21 pm (UTC)
My neighbours thought I am constantly quarrelling with my wife until we met over a litre of liquor ))
peacetraveler22
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:30 pm (UTC)
So, I'm not the only one who perceives the language this way! :) Even with Russian friends, I sometimes take the tone of their speech wrong and become easily offended, when in fact they are just speaking in normal, natural tones for them.
Пьер Безухоff
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, right! That's so much better to swim!
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peacetraveler22
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:43 pm (UTC)
Scary! What is this?!? I've never seen it in the USA! Some type of Muslim swimwear?
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mjol1nir
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
Spot absolutely easily Russians (or Russian-speakers) abroad or foreigners in RF. Not always but with big chance. I don't know why. There is something in the faces maybe.

Always wear Speedos when am going to swim. =) I hate this stupid family panties which so loved by Americans. Especially "handsome" it looks when a man comes out of water, hanging down like floorcloth and accentuating what the owner has inside.
Tightly constricted trunks are much more convenient to swim and good-looking to see, as I think. :)
peacetraveler22
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:37 pm (UTC)
The stern, expressionless facial appearance is also a sign that a person is Russian! :) I think very few men look good in Speedos! I've always hated this type of bathing suit, but I understand it's probably more comfortable when swimming. And what about men's balls?!? I don't want to see the outline of men's testicles when I'm relaxing at the beach! And, aren't they squished and suffocated in this type of swimwear? :)))
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mybathroom
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:34 pm (UTC)
Almost everyone store clerk or waiter knew that we're Russians when we're in Spain. My wife ask one of them: how do they know? The seller answered that is about our speech and appearance. Sometimes I guessed right about my fellow countrymen, sometimes not. I think it's easy to spot Russians because we smile a little.
peacetraveler22
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:38 pm (UTC)
You're right! Compared to Europeans and Americans, Russians smile much less. Even when on vacation! :)
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botwa
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:37 pm (UTC)
For me it's easy to spot Europeans and Americans by the look in their eyes. I can't explain it properly but this look is kind of vacant (don't mean to offend anybody, I just can't find the right word) and faraway, while Russians look like they KNOW something and this something is not that good.
peacetraveler22
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:39 pm (UTC)
"Vacant"!?! :)) I am not offended, but it's a very amusing comment and perception. I've heard this from other foreigners also. Americans are "zombies" and brain dead! :))
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pin_gwin
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:39 pm (UTC)
Swim shorts are just OK to me if they are, well, short, close to boxers. The longer ones feels sticky when they are wet. The biggest advantage is that you can go to beach snack bar like you are in a shorts, otherwise for swimming I would rather prefer speedos. Shorter swim-shorts are hard to find here in US....
peacetraveler22
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
They are hard to find because so few Americans wear them, unless they are trained swimmers or athletes. You can find them in sports stores like Dick's though. Regarding underwear, I prefer "boxer briefs" for men. :)
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don_oles
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:43 pm (UTC)
A song about russian woman

Текст песни БУФЕТЧИЦА

БУФЕТЧИЦА

Ты красишь губы как буфетчица
Но я твоей улыбке рад
Хотя ты дура и не лечишься
Ты круче всех совковых баб
А ноги кривые и пусть
А глазки косые и пусть
Ушки большие и рот кривой
Но я не расстанусь с тобой
Удринченная зафаченная
Урлищею отхуяченная
Обдолбанная но нарядная
Жаба моя ненаглядная

I know, too much slang, but worth it.
peacetraveler22
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, too much slang! I can't understand through Google translate. :)
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caramba_hola
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:44 pm (UTC)
My stereotypes about Americans are that mostly they are fat, and they don't hide their bodies in the pools and beaches. But also, I thought that Americans are tolerant to any bodies, clothes, behaviour, interests, religions...
As for loud Russians - don't think that Russians are the loudest people in the world. What about Chineese or Italian?
peacetraveler22
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:47 pm (UTC)
I rarely encounter Italians in my area of the USA, and I've never noticed the Chinese being loud. Yes, Americans are more tolerant of different body types. For instance, there is an American female travel bloggers who sometimes posts photos of herself in a bikini on her blog. She's not fat, but not in the best shape, yet no one climbs in the comments telling her to lose weight, or critical of her appearance. The way it should be. :) If the same photos were posted on LJ, there would be hundreds of comments telling her she's fat, ugly, needs to lose weight, etc....I don't think anyone should hide their bodies. People come in all shapes and sizes, this is what makes the world interesting. :)
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pin_gwin
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:59 pm (UTC)
BTW - I just came back from lunch I had in MD.... Two mid-age ladies were loudly discussing details of their dental experiences. Bone appetite :)
In Mexican resorts the loudest were Germans. Free beer, you know :), they can't stand it.
peacetraveler22
Jul. 22nd, 2015 12:30 am (UTC)
Everyone loves free beer! :)
hi_again
Jul. 21st, 2015 08:00 pm (UTC)
True.
peacetraveler22
Jul. 22nd, 2015 12:31 am (UTC)
Hello! :)

Edited at 2015-07-22 12:31 am (UTC)
baby_rhino
Jul. 21st, 2015 08:04 pm (UTC)
I can spot Russians almost always :) It's the facial expression - not only the abscence of smile, but also the face muscles are more relaxed.
(I'm actually proud - people in Europe almost never can tell I'm Russian :) Most think I'm Polish for some reason - everyone definitely sees my Slavic features).
mybmd
Jul. 21st, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yep! So called "bitchy resting face".

Edited at 2015-07-21 08:09 pm (UTC)
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kremlin_curant
Jul. 21st, 2015 08:47 pm (UTC)
What is this? Only Russian old asses walking across the beaches in bikinis?
I don't think so. Shannon, is this you or someone else to steal your blog?
mybmd
Jul. 21st, 2015 09:37 pm (UTC)
I'm sure other old arses walk there too... :D LMAO
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ij0n_tichy
Jul. 21st, 2015 08:51 pm (UTC)
oh come on, there's nothing shameful in having an ugly body, nor those lasses and lads owe us such curtesy as wearing modest sweamwear.
peacetraveler22
Jul. 21st, 2015 11:19 pm (UTC)
I didn't say there was anything shameful about having a full or thick body. I too am not skinny! :) And I actually prefer to see a round woman, with some flesh, rather than skin and bones. The same with men. It's better to have something to hold on to and keep you warm. :))
a000796
Jul. 21st, 2015 09:13 pm (UTC)
It's a Speedophobia.

PS you should never visit an FKK beach in Spain.

Edited at 2015-07-21 09:14 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Jul. 21st, 2015 11:19 pm (UTC)
What's a FKK beach?? "Speedophobia" - yes, I have this affliction! :))

Edited at 2015-07-22 12:32 am (UTC)
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yemelianko
Jul. 21st, 2015 09:14 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised that you think russians speak too loud. When travelling in Europe I always notice someone talking English way too loud. On the train, on the bus you can hear every single word they are saying - usually things about their family and relations, and that's embarrassing!
I visit Scandinavia quite often and I can't say it's easy now to spot a Russian here in the crowd. But during vacation period in South Europe yes, it's easy do to - clothes, high-heels, makeup, faces...
And no, no one ever guessed that I'm Russian :)

Edited at 2015-07-21 09:21 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Jul. 21st, 2015 10:58 pm (UTC)
At my pool, even the Russians aren't wearing make-up or high heels. :) But I've never been to seaside or all-inclusive resorts that are popular with Russians. I think it must be very interesting and colorful night and club life there. :))
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