Written by Maria Prus


Free towels and ban on selfies: 5 differences sports clubs in the US and Ukraine

Insolence in relation to clients, intrusive marketing, high prices and additional payments for additional services - these are, in my personal experience, the common features of most networked sports facilities in Kiev. Customers receive a flurry of SMS advertising, even if they have just purchased a subscription, for a lost plastic ...


Who are the 'anchor' children, where does the trend give birth to in the USA in Ukraine, and why does Trump fight this?

"Sasha, don't jump off the swing", - is distributed on the playground in the suburbs of Miami. This place is called "Little Moscow", that is, "Little Moscow". Here you hear Russian more often than English. For half a day spent in this park on the Atlantic coast, a Ukrainian-speaking mother ...


Mobility as a lifestyle: why Americans love RVs

Even with the cost of the car, a family can save up to 60% on vacation costs by using a trailer. “When I retire, I’ll buy myself a trailer with all the amenities and I’ll live on the beach,” my 30-something-year-old shared his “American dream” ...


'You are so DC': 5 features of typical Washingtonians

Old-fashioned jeans, a bag on a belt, a strange accent, a confused look at the turnstiles in the subway. American tourists in Washington are immediately recognizable. Distinguish, finally, where is the White House, and where is the Capitol, look at the majestic memorials of Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Jefferson, walk around the magnificent free museums ...


See 50 countries in 1 day - how is it possible in Washington?

Every May, Washington hosts a unique event - open days at the embassies. This is an exceptional opportunity to feel the flavor of almost any distant overseas country, learn unknown facts about other cultures, listen to music, dance and, of course, delicious food. Many embassies are free ...


Educated, purposeful, cosmopolitan. Who are the “fifth wave of Ukrainian emigration”?

At school, we taught that it is customary to divide Ukrainian emigrants into four waves, writes Maria Prus in a blog for the Voice of America. The first is “labor emigrants” (mid-19th century - the beginning of World War I), mostly young, single men, poor and illiterate, and ...


Why is Washington healthier than the rest of America?

It seems that only the lazy was not joking about the Americans as the "fattest nation". Obesity is a serious problem at the national level, but 51% of adults in the United States do at least two and a half hours a week of moderate-intensity exercise, and 31% devote ...


Queues, bureaucracy, kravchuchki. What is “Soviet” in America today?

I was lucky to be born a few days after they stopped writing "Kiev, Ukrainian SSR" on birth certificates. And I can only judge about Soviet times from the stories of relatives. But in Washington, I saw things that I thought were left in ...


"Ugly" sweaters, mints and "Schedryk". Without what is there no Christmas in the USA?

“Oh, ugly Christmas sweater,” a colleague commented on my new purchase with a charismatic penguin and a snowflake pattern. I was a little offended. Because I didn't know about this special category of winter clothes - Ugly Christmas Sweater yet. These are red and green sweaters ...


Opinion: Why Americans are used to sharing

“The name of your favorite charity fund” - such a question for recovering the password on the site (instead of the mother's maiden name or the name of a favorite toy in childhood) was a little puzzling. It turns out that not only millionaires are involved in charity work in the States ... Over the past 60 years, Americans in 7 ...

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