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How to Spot a Russian...

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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...

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Photo credit nemihail.

What do I think about this type of swimwear? Horror! :)) I strongly dislike Speedos, even on extremely attractive guys. I guess I prefer modesty, and leaving some things to the imagination. It's for this same reason that I have never worn a bikini, even when I was younger and in much better shape. These are the two simplest ways for me to spot Russians at my pool, and there are a lot of them living in my new apartment complex! Of course, there are certain Slavic facial features in both men and women that also make the determination easy. How about you? Is it easy for you to spot your fellow compatriots when you're in a foreign country? Can you easily spot Americans in Russia? I can almost never pick out fellow Americans in a big crowd overseas!


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zhang_fei
Jul. 27th, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC)
I bet, that little bugger macos gave you an advice to write such a provocative post)) More than 800 comments about underwear, dear me
peacetraveler22
Jul. 27th, 2015 04:00 pm (UTC)
No, he didn't. And I purposefully didn't create a provocative title for the post, because (unlike macos), I don't want a lot of trolls infecting my blog or a post like this getting into the TOP. But somehow it got there anyway. :)) First time one of my English language posts has been placed in the 1st position. I could probably be in the top 20 bloggers if I simply wrote about Russians every day, but I have no desire to do this.
zhang_fei
Jul. 27th, 2015 04:21 pm (UTC)
" I could probably be in the top 20 bloggers if I simply wrote about Russians every day, but I have no desire to do this. "

And God bless you for that, although it would be nice to have someone in the top with an actual job. Macos is still a tosser, though)
peacetraveler22
Jul. 27th, 2015 04:24 pm (UTC)
Haha! I already scolded him for creating such horrible and yellow posts, and turning his once nice and interesting journal into a shitfest. :( It's a pity. I will not sell out, or go against my morals, for the sake of popularity. The blog is not my job, so the current trends don't dictate my content. Thank God!
qi_tronic
Jul. 27th, 2015 11:07 pm (UTC)
Because everybody have an opinion on the subject.
Somebody feel insulted, somebody are happy to insult others once again.

This blogger: anlazz. livejournal. com writes deep theoretical posts about our society but few people comment because it would take some time and mental work.

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