Written by Lena Lukashova


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

“My parents sell the house, they lived 25 years there ... 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 a honeymoon. Well, then to the state that I choose for life, ...


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

I’m having dinner, reaching for a plate of salad ... Suddenly, my phone begins to literally howl like a siren. For the first time I hear such a tearing ear sound. I grab the mobile right there. The screen blinks: ALERT, alarm! In the hands of the howling siren is even unbearable. I open - and there is a message about ...


'She went out for bread - got to 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 - from 18:00 to 06:00 you need to be at home. The police can detain for violation of this rule, which is completely legal. Next - from the first person. I didn’t leave the house ...


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

I’ve been in the USA continuously for about 8 months, apart from wintering in California a couple of years ago. Novice - my friends so joyfully call me. Indeed, by the standards of immigrants who have been living here for five to seven years, I am the same newcomer. How is life changing ...


Returned to Russia from the USA: what strikes our people in their homeland

My third day in Rostov after California. I run into the store in the evening. Card, as luck would have it, left at home. The amount of the purchase is 320 rubles ($ 4,2). I am holding out a 5th bill. A small cashier woman in a burgundy uniform looks intently at me, then at the bill, again at ...


How ours earn on compatriots-illegal immigrants in America

Announcement in the Russian-speaking group of California: “Nanny. From $ 2300 a month. " It is under such conditions that a governess is often sought. What is the catch here? As a rule, such a vacancy is offered either by an agency or by a person who “sells” the nanny directly to the family for $ 5000-6000. Eventually,…


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

A small coffee house, from whose windows the Pacific Ocean gleams in the rays of the awakening sun. Tom, a 55-year-old thin American, carefully attaches to his wife a piece of apple pie. Suddenly a bearded man comes in. Greasy blonde hair and ask for a haircut. A tattered windbreaker, pretty worn jeans ...


'Lost dream': what the Russian woman who has moved to the USA regrets

“Luda worked with us as a nurse,” said 62-year-old Val, who moved to the States from Moscow as a child. I pricked up my ears right away. “Mom then started having memory problems. She completely forgot English, spoke only Russian. Therefore, we and ...


'Russian mainland': what affects our people who moved to the USA

Svetlana 55 years, of which the last so .. thirty she lives in California. A large house of a typical white color with a green lawn, a male programmer. Two cars, two Russian-American citizenship and two adult sons, but one, Svetlana barely speaks English. However, you need ...


Suspicious individuals, Americans and the police: what strikes ours in the USA

A string of neat little houses with low white fences. The proud palms slightly cut the horizon. We are in a small California town, visiting the family of our friend American Jim. Morning walk. Attention immediately attracted two guys, years 18-20. Tall, a little stooped. Both in…

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