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How to Spot a Russian...


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...


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!


Jul. 21st, 2015 06:40 pm (UTC)
He could be from South Jersey, not sure! :)) I pulled the pic from Google images. How about you? Can you spot fellow immigrants from your homeland here in the States? It's very hard for me to tell that someone is "American" from afar.
Jul. 21st, 2015 06:48 pm (UTC)
I thought I could, but honestly I'm not sure anymore. Mostly because I've been spending my recent years in places that aren't known for their russian communities. But I think the facial expression would give them up, maybe not necessarily the choice of clothing (I've been to Atlantic City so I know :-J )
Jul. 21st, 2015 06:51 pm (UTC)
In the Northern Virginia area where I live there are a lot of Russians!! But I guess it just depends on the area of the country in which you live; however, they seem to be everywhere honestly. :))
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:36 am (UTC)
It is difficult to understand the sense of your topic - no one in the world except Russians wear Speedo and bikini having imperfect bodies. I can spot Americans and other foreiners in the streets of our cities because we are different in appearence, habits, outfits and many other things. So what? Every nation has freaks and morons. The German women are topless on the beaches and do not pay attention to any one, their bodies desire to be hidden. I feel confused, but I don not look at them. I advise you - mind yuor own business and be happy!
Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:41 pm (UTC)
Mind my own business? I was trying to mind my own business and relax, when I was disturbed by these loud voices. :) In this blog, I write about cultural distinctions between America and Russia, and my travels around the globe. So, it's necessary to be observant. :)


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