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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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anna_sollanna
Jul. 23rd, 2015 02:19 pm (UTC)
> What do I think about this type of swimwear?
Well, I am used to it because during all my childhood I saw men on beaches only in this type of swim suit. But I like trunks more, and IMHO they look much more sexy than Speedos ;) Btw IMHO there are men's clothes much more disgusting than Speedos, it is leotard which ballet dancers usually wear. I can't look at male ballet dancers in leotards :)))
> Is it easy for you to spot your fellow compatriots when you're in a foreign country?
Well, yes. Because a lot of Russians behave like bydlo, talk loudly, swear, treat service staff like the latter are their slaves and so on. (Btw "spot" is not a completely correct word for me in this situation, because I usually hear Russians before I see them :)) Nevertheless, here in Poland I saw a couple of very decent Russian speaking girls (they spoke very quite and politely) whom I didn't suspect to be Russian at all before they had not started to talk...
> Can you easily spot Americans in Russia?
Well, I am not sure about Americans as a special type of foreigners, but I was able to spot foreigners back in Saint-Petersburg. They smile; they don't look depressed, preoccupied, in a hurry like a typical Russian. And of course if Americans are talking I can hear their accent and thus recognize them :)))
peacetraveler22
Jul. 23rd, 2015 03:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, trunks are more sexy. I agree! :) I don't like any type of tight clothing, where the outline of the penis is so exaggerated or in your face. O_0!! There's something unique about the facial expressions of people from Russia and former Soviet bloc countries. They almost always look soooo serious on the outside, as if they're carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. Perhaps it's because many of them have faced so many obstacles in life, not sure.

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