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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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peacetraveler22
Jul. 21st, 2015 08:00 pm (UTC)
You should not be concerned what others think of you in your bikini! If you like it, and are comfortable in this type of swimwear, wear it! :) I doubt anyone is judging you, because it's normal attire for older women in Russia to wear this type of bathing suit at the sea. We call it a "one piece", not a monokini. :) This is what I always wear. Most young women at my apartment complex wear bikinis, but they are in very good shape.
baby_rhino
Jul. 21st, 2015 08:08 pm (UTC)
I'm not one of the "older women" yet (or at least I hope so - I'm 30 :))), but my shape leaves oh so much to be desired. Here in Russia nobody cares - I mean, lots of people tell me I should lose weight (like my mom and my firends' mothers)), but nobody is surpised to see me in a bikini :)
peacetraveler22
Jul. 21st, 2015 08:10 pm (UTC)
30 is very young! At least by American standards. :)
baby_rhino
Jul. 21st, 2015 08:12 pm (UTC)
In Russia it's not "very young", but I dare hope that it's still quite young :D
And I work with the elderly, for them I am young and attractive :)
seadevil001
Jul. 22nd, 2015 03:17 pm (UTC)
Come on. My wife is 41 and I still think of her as young. Our 1 year old approves.

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