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Five things that surprise Americans about Russians

Usually, when arriving in a country that is new to us, we focus our attention on what seems unusual to us in someone else’s lifestyle, habits and morals. But the collision of two cultures is always a mutual process, and for local residents we also become a source of unexpected knowledge about our homeland. Today I want to share with you my observations about what surprises Americans about ourselves and the Russian way of life.

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1. The fact that in Russia most people have a vegetable garden

When I tell Americans that my parents in Russia grow berries and vegetables in their garden, at first they cannot even understand what I am talking about. They think I grew up on a farm. Then I explain that it’s just customary for us - instead of a barbecue lawn, we have beds in the backyard with potatoes, strawberries, carrots and other gifts of the earth, which we eat.

“But the garden only works in the summer, so what do you eat in the winter?” one of the Americans told me with a sense of obvious intellectual superiority. I explained that in winter we eat the same things, only frozen, dried or canned, and I once again thought that if all the supermarkets suddenly closed, Americans would not survive.

By the way, Poles who moved to the USA, Ukrainians and Russians continue to grow cucumbers and tomatoes here, buying seedlings and saplings at farmers' markets.

2. Wide outlook and education

Until I came to the United States, I thought that Russians are considered very smart here simply because they are judged by immigrants, and these are usually ambitious people with good education.

But when I lived here for a couple of months, I realized that everything is known in comparison, and the average intellectual level of a person from Russia is much higher than that of Americans. If only because our knowledge of the school is stronger. Inevitably, you begin to think that the Soviet educational system, based on cramming and discipline, turned out to be more effective than the democratic American one.

By the way, when I am in houses where there are children, I don’t miss the opportunity to look through school textbooks, and it immediately becomes clear to me why Americans are poorly adapted to life.

I opened a math textbook at random - and did not regret it; I found a problem that turned out to be simply the quintessence of the American way of life: “Sarah lives 9 miles from the shopping center, and John lives 13 miles away. How many miles closer to the shopping center does Sarah live?

But most of all I was surprised by the textbook for boy scouts, which teaches us to navigate in the forest, recognize wild animals, knit knots and cook ... cheese sandwiches in the microwave. It is a pity, does not teach where to connect a microwave in the forest.

3. Anger and impolite

There is nothing to brag about here; in the eyes of Americans, Russians are beeches. Even the word appeared in English russian, which means "gloomy". Indeed, we do not smile for any reason or without, but is it bad not to replace all emotions with one forced smile?

However, the ostentatious American politeness to Russians is also often perceived as rudeness. Why do they ask, how are you doing, if they don’t even give time to answer?

4. Indifference to politics

The Americans are confident that it is each of them who decides who will be president and whether global warming will stop, which is why it is extremely striking when the Russians say they do not go to the polls or they do not care who will win them.

One day, right after the announcement of the results of the presidential elections in the United States, I was asked how the Russian people felt about Trump becoming the president. I replied that in Russia they are welcome at least simply because they did not defeat Hillary Clinton, who has a negative attitude towards Russia.

“Do the Russian people really not understand that under Trump the American middle class will live worse? Aren’t you worried about us?” the American was indignant.

I shrugged my shoulders and replied that the Russian people have enough of their problems, and we worry only that the US foreign policy is not directed against Russia.

5. Appearance of Russian women

Everyone knows that if in America during the day you see a woman on the street with a careful make-up, hair styled and heels, you can bet that she is Russian.

For those who value primarily the comfort of American women, it seems a wild idea to get up an hour earlier to bring a marafet, and then walk all day in high heels.

And I do not understand why American women with such a choice of clothes and cosmetics do not want to make any effort to look more beautiful.

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