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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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peacetraveler22
Jul. 21st, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, you're right. The youth have become more "Westernized," but the older Soviet generation sticks to tradition. :)
morreth
Jul. 21st, 2015 08:31 pm (UTC)
And how you suppose to tell them from Ukrainians or Belarusians?
saccovanzetti
Jul. 21st, 2015 10:18 pm (UTC)
Abroad, they are all Russians if they speak Russian to each other.
a_zhdanovich
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:58 am (UTC)
если в великобритании говорят по-английски, то англичане тоже американцы?
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svp911
Jul. 22nd, 2015 08:26 am (UTC)
of cause you are )) especially over last two years I suppose?
peacetraveler22
Jul. 21st, 2015 11:05 pm (UTC)
It's difficult to tell them apart honestly, but based on my travels in each country, I find Ukrainians more friendly than Russians.
pldime
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:51 am (UTC)
So you tried to make friends with all of them?
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white_eyed_chud
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:59 am (UTC)
interesting observation. Americans always seem fake and bully to me. it doesn't have anything in common with reality, of course, but for me they look so ugly and stupid. This is only my observation and by those things I can always spot them out. Not an offense of course, just this is the way I see Americans.
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aquarrus
Jul. 22nd, 2015 08:13 am (UTC)
Многие американцы, и тоже в основном среднего и пожилого возраста. Одевают НОСКИ с шортами, а обувь при этом сандалии, кроссовки или мокасины! :) И носки при зачастую длинные, чуть ли не гольфы! Смотрится тоже смешно! А выглядит примерно так - http://industry.com.ua/wp-content/imeges/006/8e468.jpg
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krino2
Jul. 22nd, 2015 10:34 am (UTC)
Shannon, have you ever been behind Ural?
Sorry, I forgot if you wrote before...
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quorus
Jul. 22nd, 2015 11:39 am (UTC)
Not at all.
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qi_tronic
Jul. 21st, 2015 11:46 pm (UTC)
All white ex-Soviet people look the same ... of course until some of them start to jump up and down intensively and shout ...
Ilya Usov
Jul. 22nd, 2015 04:15 pm (UTC)
а другие экс-совки из-за этого вводят танки и сбивают мирные самолёты
ahax
Jul. 22nd, 2015 10:16 am (UTC)
Я почему-то в любой европейской толпе легко выделяю ам
именно по их подчёркнуто громкой речи. При этом нет зависимости, на улице это или в помещении, тихо в помещении или шумно - орут, как будто плохо слышат себя.
potemkin_1
Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:34 pm (UTC)
да почуй что ты пишешь , запостай лучше свой чикен бади ин зе бикини

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