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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 06:42 pm (UTC)
funny, one day during the trip in Spain I finnally bought this bathing shorts. Well, for me it is like swimming in jeans. So i continued to wear our trraditional Speedos on the beach. Who cares!
About older women in bikini. Have you ever seen topless older women from Germany? Thats the hell on the earth;-) I had to drink two bottles of vodka to forget it!
Jul. 21st, 2015 06:46 pm (UTC)
Haha! :)) I don't really pay attention to people's bodies honestly, because there are so many different shapes and sizes on the planet. To each their own. :) I was at a nude beach only once, in California, and there were older ladies walking around with sagging, wilted breasts!! Bottles of vodka? Sure sign that you're a Russian!! :)))
Jul. 21st, 2015 06:51 pm (UTC)
Actually I dont drink vodka. Wrote it to make the story more russian.
Jul. 21st, 2015 06:58 pm (UTC)
I understood it was a joke! Sometimes I actually understand Russian humor, but rarely! :)
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:29 am (UTC)
Это русские уже так шутят над тем, что создался стереотип про постоянно пьяных русских. Кстати, выпить водки для здоровья лучше, чем пива, конечно, в умеренных количествах.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 10:12 am (UTC)
It is the same as the Jewish jokes. Jews tell them and it is OK. But telling such a joke to Jew is not polite, isn't it? So strange to explain this to Americans who are crazy about politcorrectness :))
Jul. 22nd, 2015 01:33 am (UTC)
Funny story about vodka.
"Dear Ladies!
A bottle of vodka gifted to your husband will quickly return your former attractiveness in his eyes!"
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:20 am (UTC)
Не больше других русские пьют. Алкашей не имею в виду.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 10:06 am (UTC)
He(she) is correct.
It is absolutely normal for Europe - where women regardless of the age and body condition wearing a bikini or have a sunbathe topless. People dress up for themselves and their comfort, not for spectators.
Americans, who have a very specific puritan tradition, are usually shocked. :))

Russians and Italians sometimes wear the sport swimsuits on the beach, it's true.

Edited at 2015-07-22 10:13 am (UTC)
Jul. 22nd, 2015 01:38 pm (UTC)
I'm not shocked. Nudity is good! :)
Jul. 22nd, 2015 01:50 pm (UTC)
But you accept women after 55 in bikinis as something specifically russian. In fact, everything is just the opposite, if in the european beach you meet the middle-aged women in a swimsuits, not in bikinis - most likely they are russian.

Edited at 2015-07-22 01:56 pm (UTC)
Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:26 pm (UTC)
I did not say it was ONLY Russians. :) I only highlighted the distinction that old American women almost never wear bikinis.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 03:40 pm (UTC)
It means you are talking about american but not russian features :)
But to wear a swimsuit for swimming pool to the beach - yes, it's ours :) Especially thick men after forty like this. But trends are unpredictable elsewhere:
in the last couple of years, for example, girls-teenagers wear shorts over the bikini to the beach. Why? Nobody answers..
Jul. 22nd, 2015 01:03 am (UTC)
lol! just two bottles?? I had to drink two weeks after one week in Turkey.
Irina Borisovskaya
Jul. 22nd, 2015 09:27 am (UTC)
I HAVE SEEN topless older women from Germany in Turkey and from Great Britain in Bulgaria! Unforgettable!!!


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