Written by Lena Lukashova


'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 ...


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. As luck would have it, I left the card at home. Purchase amount for 320 rubles ($ 4,2). I hold out the 5th bill. A small woman cashier 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 per month ”. It is on these conditions that the governess is often sought after. What's the catch here? As a rule, such a vacancy is offered either by an agency or by a person who “sells” a nanny directly to the family for $ 5000-6000. Eventually,…


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

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


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

Svetlana is 55 years old, of which the last ... she has lived in California. Big house of typical white color with green lawn, husband is a programmer. Two cars, two Russian-American citizenship and two adult sons, one but, Svetlana hardly 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 horizon is slightly cut by proud palms. We are in a small Californian town, visiting the family of our American friend Jim. Morning walk. Two guys, 18-20 years old, immediately attract attention. Tall, slightly stooped. Both in…


How Russians make money on 'sofas' in America

Imposing chairs with bright yellow upholstery, in their prime. Black leather sofa, moderately plump and young. But the wooden TV stand asks for a couple of beauty injections: the corners are slightly worn out and lightened. Mitch, a tall American in his 40s, casts a critical look ...


Unfortunate windows: for what the American neighbors complained about the Russian woman

Saturday morning. As usual, I go to the mailboxes. I open such a familiar cell 10. And there's a letter from the HOA, the homeowners association. With branded black emblem. The heart skips treacherously. It turned out not in vain. The story of Lyudmila and her “letters of happiness” was told by Lena Lukashova in her ...


Personal experience: what surprises us in the American approach to parenting

Each nation has its own traditions in raising children too. But in the modern world, when people can freely travel around countries, getting acquainted with a foreign culture. We like some traditions, and some are perplexing. Lena Lushakova described in her ...

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