Written by Lena Lukashova


Why do Americans move so often

Many Americans change their place of residence with enviable regularity. The average US resident moves 12 times in his life, according to data from the US Census Bureau. Lena Lukashova talked with people of different ages and professions, as a result of which she identified three reasons for frequent moving ...


I went to Hollywood, but ended up in the USSR: how they live in 'our' areas of California

Drive to Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood. What pictures pop up in your head? Luxurious houses, azure ocean and palm trees? Yes, that's right. But there is also something else. Suddenly, the usual huge American stores are replaced by small rooms with long-unwashed glass. I hear Russian ...


Parents-educators: how much do families in the United States receive who have taken a child on time

Surfing the Internet. Suddenly an advertisement pops up: Become foster parent - "become a parent-educator", if literally. I got curious about what this thing was, especially since the advertisement was presented as a potential job. It turns out that these are temporary parents, to whom they give an orphan child for a short time - until ...


How homeless people live in the USA: a difficult story of one man

A small coffee shop, from the windows of which the Pacific Ocean gleams in the rays of the awakened sun. Tom, a skinny 55-year-old American, carefully puts a piece of apple pie for his wife. Suddenly a bearded man comes in. Greasy blonde hair just begs for a haircut. A soiled windbreaker, badly worn jeans ...


Reason for the surprise of an immigrant: how former prisoners are helped in the USA

Once I was looking for housing in California and came across an ad: half a house for rent in Irvine for $ 700. Fantastic value for this state. I'm coming. The door is opened by a short guy of 25-27 years old. Beady brown eyes smile affably. Name is Paul. He walks, shows the apartments. The rooms are large and ...


Mission Impossible: How US Immigrants Tried to Evict a Non-Paying Tenant

- We then specially rented a two-bedroom apartment for six months: parents came to visit my wife. Who knew that we would get into such a story ... - shares my friend Denis, on whose behalf I will continue the story. The parents stayed for two months, and for the rest ...


Why Americans, unlike Russians, do not leave housing for children as an inheritance

“My parents are selling the house, they lived there for 25 years ... They don't want to buy a new one, they will rent it. They plan to live in New York, where my brother moved. Then to Hawaii, where they spent their honeymoon. Well, and then to the state that I choose for life, ...


'Impossible to ignore': how in the USA my own phone scared me

I am having supper, reaching for a plate of salad ... When suddenly my phone starts literally howling like a siren. This is the first time I have heard such a sound tearing up my ears. I grab my cell phone right there. The screen flashes with the message: ALERT, alarm! The siren's howl is even more unbearable in the hands. I open it - and there is a message about ...


'She went out for bread - got to the protest': how a Russian-speaking immigrant witnessed the riots

At 14:00 I went out for bread, tomatoes and cheese. We have introduced a curfew - you have to be at home from 18:00 to 06:00. The police can detain for violating this rule, which is completely legal. Further - from the first person. Didn't leave the house ...


How life in the USA changes people: the personal experience of our immigrant

I have been in the USA continuously for about 8 months, not counting the wintering in California a couple of years ago. Novice - so my acquaintances happily call me. Indeed, by the standards of immigrants living here for five to seven years, I am that very newcomer. How does it change life ...

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