“There is nothing more important than freedom”: Russian migrants about life in the USA


I don’t know why, but articles where Russians talk about life in America or Americans share their impressions of Russia always attract the interest of the Russian reader. Although they appear on the Internet quite often, for some reason, this topic does not bother people.


I myself have never been to America, but I tried to analyze several stories of Russians living or residing in the United States, and to find something in common in them. Bring them, so to speak, to a common denominator.

Attitude of Russian migrants to America


In my opinion, all Russian migrants sharing their impressions of America can be divided into three groups. The first lived in the United States for several years, but could not adapt and returned to their homeland. The second managed to integrate into local life and become part of American society. Still others moved to the USA and stayed there to live, but terribly suffer from nostalgia, which is why everything American is annoying and infuriates them.

I took one representative from each group and compared their blog posts about America and Americans. Katya lived in the USA for five years, but returned to Moscow and does not want to leave anywhere else. Irina stayed in New York for about eight months. Basically, she likes everything, but there are features of life here that amaze. Anatoly has been living in America for many years, but could not get used to much, much here annoys him.

These people have different attitudes toward America, sometimes diametrically opposite. They have different views, besides they are not familiar with each other. But their stories about American life have common points. Let's consider them in more detail.

Americans don’t take off their shoes at home


In Russia, it is customary to take off shoes and put on slippers when entering a house from the street. In the USA, houses go in the same shoes as on the street. Kate, this custom seems complete savagery. She is especially enraged when someone climbs into the bed in shoes or puts her feet on the table. The girl mentions the old Russian proverb: "Pig at the table - she and her legs on the table." She understands that in the USA, streets are washed four times a day, using special means (not every time, but often). And that people rarely walk, using personal cars and taxis. But still, she does not like the American habit of walking home shod.

Irina also mentions this aspect of American life, and it is also difficult for her to accept this custom. But, as they say, "in a strange monastery ...". Therefore, the Americans who come to her house, she does not ask to take off her shoes, because they can regard this as an encroachment on their freedom.

There is nothing more important than freedom


Americans see freedom as their most important asset. They are proud that America is a free country of free people. But this concept in Russia and the United States is understood a little differently. And the point here is not at all in the state system, but in the difference between the traditions of the two peoples.

Anatoly believes that Americans confuse freedom with excessive independence from the opinions of others. People on the streets look somehow groomed. Young boys or girls can afford to appear in society in sneakers or sneakers with holes from which toes are visible.

Overweight people, who are many here, often go in tight clothes and emphasize their indifference to how they look. This does not bother Irina. On the contrary, she is delighted with the degree of freedom of people who profess “body positive,” that is, accepting yourself for who you are.

Here no one pays attention to anyone. Irina says that a woman in a beautiful dress with perfect make-up and hairstyle would rather be surprised here than, for example, a man in a parrot costume. She believes that the main principle of the Americans is not to complicate what can be simplified.

Irina draws attention to another pride of the Americans - this gay parades (or pride parades). In the days of their holding, people express their boundless joy and tolerance. During gay pride parades, even churches are decorated with rainbow flags.

Katya believes that you need to be mentally prepared for what you may encounter in America. For example, no one will react in any way to two men who are passionately kissing in a queue, even if this happens in a queue in a children's store consisting of mothers with small children. After all, as long as you are not personally touched, you have no right to make comments, because this can infringe on someone's freedom.

American homeless


Surprisingly, the fact that in the United States there are much more homeless people than in Russia. Both Katya and Anatoly mention this.

Katya says that, according to the American authorities, this is due to high housing prices. Not everyone can afford not only buying, but also renting an apartment or room. In addition, the cessation of financing of some medical institutions, including psychiatric ones, also affected this problem. Some of their patients also found themselves among the homeless.

Anatoly notes that not all of them were on the street because of their life problems. Among them there are also “ideological” homeless people who voluntarily chose such a way of life, since they consider themselves opponents of the “system”.

The Russian emigrant draws attention to the impudent and unceremonious behavior of American homeless people. Tell the homeless person asking you a “penny” that you do not have money with you, so he will demand that you borrow a little from your friend and give it to him. And seeing you leaving the grocery store, he may indicate something from the purchased and declare that you give it back. In Russia, according to Anatoly, the homeless behave much more modestly. Apparently, in America they feel impunity.

American Cuisine


Irina notes that in the United States, local cuisine is primarily associated with fast food. Actually, there many eat out of the house. By American standards, nutrition should be fast, greasy, sweet, and unhealthy. And all this is accompanied by loud music. Irina calls New York one big restaurant created by immigrants.

Anatoly believes that genuine American dishes can be counted on the fingers of one hand - a hamburger, steak and french fries. All other dishes are borrowed from Italians, Chinese, Russians, Mexicans and representatives of other peoples who have contributed to the local cuisine.

Anatoly is not surprised at the huge number of overweight Americans. After all, food in local eateries, where most US citizens eat, is very tasty and served in large portions.

Although the choice of carbonated drinks, chocolate bars, chips and other snacks in Russian stores is quite wide, in the United States there is an order of magnitude more. Adults can easily avoid temptations. But it can sometimes be impossible for a child to explain that the excessive consumption of all these sweet and salty delicacies in bright wrappers can adversely affect health.

Many of those Americans who dine at home do not cook. Indeed, in the local shops there is a huge selection of various semi-finished products. Ready-made first and second courses on plates, which are quite easy to heat in the microwave, are especially in demand.

Katya adds that in the United States to bring lunch to work from home, especially if it consists of salad, fruit or anything else healthy, is a bad idea. Your American colleagues may decide that you are weird.

Of course, everyone lives the way he is used to. But when moving to another country, be prepared that people there will behave a little differently than in your homeland. If you are ready to become one of them, you can easily adapt. But do not rush to burn all the bridges, because adaptation may not happen. And then you will find yourself in a situation where you can’t even be in a foreign land, and you can’t return.
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  1. SERGEY SERGEEVICS 27 November 2019 14: 34
    +2
    I myself have never been to America

    Why? sad I'm just wondering smile Would you like to go live there or at least go there to relax? repeat

    The first lived in the United States for several years, but could not adapt and returned to their homeland.

    This is more like the truth, because nobody needs anyone there. yes

    The second managed to integrate into local life and become part of American society.

    These are units who no longer have a return ticket, and if there is still something to live on.

    Still others moved to the USA and stayed there to live, but terribly suffer from nostalgia, which is why everything American is annoying and infuriates them.

    What is the point then to live there, it is easier to go back or choose another country for permanent residence.

    Katya lived in the USA for five years, but returned to Moscow and does not want to leave anywhere else.

    And Catherine did the right thing. yes Respect to her for this. good Besides your country, nobody needs you anymore.

    Irina stayed in New York for about eight months

    Oh, these Irinki, laughing that they thought that happiness from heaven would fall.

    She understands that in the US, they wash the streets four times a day,

    Oh well, all this nonsense. Who will be in the village or even in a small town to wash the streets, where there are even no roads.

    Americans consider freedom their most important asset

    And what is their freedom? If for frank words about the state they can either imprison or punish.

    Surprisingly, the fact that in the United States there are much more homeless people than in Russia.

    Looks like they live very well there, since there are so many homeless people.

    American Cuisine

    Here, yes, they have something to eat. This was to be expected, each emigrant carried his own kitchen.
    1. Bitter Offline Bitter
      Bitter (Gleb) 1 December 2019 22: 24
      +2
      These are units who no longer have a return ticket, and if there is still something to live on.

      Like, they handed over a ticket and they live on it, yeah. laughing
      If a person has a profession and desire, he will be able to apply himself - everything will be fine. good
      It doesn't matter in America or in Madagascar.
      Kissel shores "abroad" are found only in fairy tales and in "professional" daughters and sons.

      And Catherine did the right thing. yes Respect to her for this. good Besides your country, nobody needs you anymore.

      In terms of social protection, Russia is definitely ahead of the rest,
      Who needs it here? request
      Most likely, she’s to mom under the skirt or behind her father’s back, and there it will be seen. yes
      Again, if she has the qualifications, then she can consider her stay abroad as an internship. good A place under the sun will be easier to find, especially if someone, someone, somewhere = knows.
      And she knows how to work, and was not in America to give someone the best years ..... lol
      1. SERGEY SERGEEVICS 2 December 2019 09: 44
        +1
        Like, they handed over a ticket and they live on it, yeah.

        Not! You are mistaken. stop Everything is much simpler here. smile when someone escaped from their country, for any actions and can’t come back. (An example to you is those citizens who seek political asylum).

        If a person has a profession and desire, he will be able to apply himself - everything will be fine. good It doesn’t matter in America or Madagascar.

        Only his profession, in other countries, no one needs. yes He will have to learn and relearn again sad and funds are needed for this (no one will teach you there for free.) yes

        In terms of social protection, Russia is definitely ahead of the rest,
        Who needs it here?

        And who needs her there? what That's right, nobody comes back from this. wink

        Again, if she has the qualifications, then we can consider her stay abroad as an internship

        And she doesn’t have one and there’s no talk of any internship.

        A place in the sun will be easier to find, especially if someone, someone, knows somewhere.

        Here you can explain everything like this:
        The first one. Find a place in the sun is very difficult, for this you need funds to start looking for it. repeat
        The second one. The fact of the matter is that if someone knows someone, then it will be much easier to find and find - this is a place under the sun. yes

        And she knows how to work, and was not in America to give someone the best years .....

        Clear. laughing
        1. Bitter Offline Bitter
          Bitter (Gleb) 2 December 2019 22: 52
          +2
          That's right, nobody comes back from this.

          I say, to mom under the skirt. And so who will meet them there ??? recourse
          Money is needed for moving, and for housing, and everything else, to start over in five years, and for someone more - a lot of water has flowed, a lot has changed. what
          It is good if you managed to save up or earn money, but otherwise completely "seams". In general, this is a very serious decision to leave to live in another country. This is not done overnight. yes
          I suspect that many (not all) do not always realize this, from there and all these hanging in the tub. lol
          People who go temporarily to work do not count.
  2. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 27 November 2019 19: 11
    +5
    As soon as they come to a rally against the US authorities, they will immediately understand what "freedom" really is in the US.
    1. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
      Observer2014 28 November 2019 19: 15
      -2
      Quote: Sapsan136
      As soon as they come to a rally against the US authorities, they will immediately understand what "freedom" really is in the US.

      Why would they go out to rallies there? They will have an example of life in Russia. This is enough for them to love their new homeland ..
      1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
        Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 28 November 2019 19: 41
        +4
        In the US, rallies are dispersed so that Moscow riot police modestly smokes on the sidelines, and life there is far from being as sugar as it seems to many ... Having a billion, it’s good everywhere ... and if it’s not ... somehow it’s not very .
        1. Vadim G. Offline Vadim G.
          Vadim G. (Vadim Golubkov) 30 November 2019 00: 46
          -1
          Statements, statements to the authorities (and a rally is also a statement) is the right of any US citizen, protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution. Regardless of how harsh the criticism may be, for example, "President is a thief" or "President is leave" - ​​this will all be protected by the First Amendment as a political speech (political statement), such statements are protected by constitutional law undeniably. Therefore, the agenda of the Moscow rallies would absolutely fall under the protection of the First Amendment.
        2. Vadim G. Offline Vadim G.
          Vadim G. (Vadim Golubkov) 30 November 2019 00: 47
          -2
          In the worst case scenario, if a certain participant or group of participants begins to behave aggressively, the police in the USA can use force to point against this small group, and not swing their clubs to the right and left, and not twist everyone who reaches out for we could observe during the action in Moscow.
  3. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 27 November 2019 19: 55
    +3
    Either a joke, or a legend. The dispute between the American journalist and K. Simonov about freedom in the United States and the USSR.

    Journalist:
    - I can shout in front of the White House that our president is a dupe.
    K. Simonov:
    - I, too, can scream on Red Square that your president is a dupe.
    Journalist:
    - And about Stalin, can you?
    K. Simonov:
    - I can not. Because it is not true.
  4. RFR Offline RFR
    RFR (RFR) 27 November 2019 22: 15
    +7
    Well, we definitely do not need their freedom, there was still not enough homosexuality (as they say, holy, holy, holy).
  5. xilia72 Offline xilia72
    xilia72 (xantos) 28 November 2019 03: 05
    +2
    In the way they wrote about America in the late 80s, it’s not many people who have visited the West yet.
    It is written one-sidedly, are these people all Russian? You can live and work in the USA and go to the Orthodox Church on Sundays and other Christian holidays and not change your identity. And Orthodoxy is a part of Russia for Russians, Greece for Greeks, etc.
  6. g1washntwn Offline g1washntwn
    g1washntwn (George Washington) 28 November 2019 06: 26
    +5
    1. Do not confuse freedom with lawlessness.
    2. If I have to infringe on myself for the sake of someone's "freedom" - this is not freedom, but only its appearance.
    3. I agree only with the fact that they do not go to someone else’s monastery with their charter. However, this should be understood by those who try, without taking off their shoes, to throw their legs on MY table in MY house.
    1. Bitter Offline Bitter
      Bitter (Gleb) 2 December 2019 22: 58
      +2
      My house, my laws, and the drum, as they used to. As I say, they will. laughing good
      Only, for example, if you take off your shoes, you must be able to offer guests and slippers. yes
  7. aries2200 Offline aries2200
    aries2200 (aries) 28 November 2019 16: 24
    -1
    There is freedom within the framework of a morally Christian tradition ... there is permissiveness.
  8. mister-red Offline mister-red
    mister-red 28 November 2019 20: 18
    +1
    no one will react in any way to two men passionately kissing in line, and even if this happens in line at a children's store consisting of mothers with young children. After all, as long as you are not personally touched, you have no right to make comments, because this can infringe on someone's freedom.

    And if my kind of kissing men causes a gag reflex?
    Or am I just uncomfortable?
    1. Vadim G. Offline Vadim G.
      Vadim G. (Vadim Golubkov) 30 November 2019 00: 48
      0
      Nobody forces you to look at them. You are not a masochist.
      1. mister-red Offline mister-red
        mister-red 30 November 2019 18: 00
        0
        If someone, excuse me, wants to be near me, should I also pretend that I don’t see anything?
        It turns out that you can do whatever you want to do, but let the rest, if you don’t like it, not look.
  9. zenitovets Offline zenitovets
    zenitovets (Ivan) 28 November 2019 23: 28
    +2
    Personally, I believe that it is necessary to adopt a law on migrants in the United States and their descendants. Introduce a ban for them on trips to Russia. And believe me, this is not an empty phrase: I myself served an urgent in Poland, and I know that longing for the Motherland is a very strong thing, stronger than the longing for my beloved girl. You can find a new girl, but hardly a homeland ...
    1. Bitter Offline Bitter
      Bitter (Gleb) 2 December 2019 23: 08
      0
      the law is about migrants in the USA and their descendants.
      Introduce a ban on travel to Russia.

      And to what tribe of descendants will you consider something ?? wassat
      If people have not committed illegal acts, this is discrimination against pure water. fool
  10. Tourist Offline Tourist
    Tourist (tourist) 1 December 2019 15: 15
    0
    I would add about the price level and standard of living. A friend of mine in NY gets $ 3,5k for relatively simple office work. He rides on the ML gelding, I think 13g. He’s there one and a half times cheaper than ours. I compared gasoline a year ago, which is also cheaper than ours.
    1. plabu Offline plabu
      plabu 1 December 2019 17: 24
      0
      Tell me, did you list all the moments of life there, or did something still remain unreached by you?
      1. Kuzmitsky Offline Kuzmitsky
        Kuzmitsky (Sergei) 2 December 2019 10: 30
        +2
        As he wrote at the beginning, he took reviews of three migrants, with a different attitude to the United States. Each of them mentioned many points. But I took only those that all three or at least two of them paid attention to. And so, of course, there are probably not a dozen of such moments.
        1. plabu Offline plabu
          plabu 2 December 2019 12: 10
          0
          Thanks for the answer, but first of all I meant the comment of the Tourist - who writes that they pay more for work, cars are cheaper, but here are some of the nuances of life there - relatives live in New York, but for some reason the Tourist did not tell about these nuances. ..
          1. Bitter Offline Bitter
            Bitter (Gleb) 2 December 2019 23: 19
            +2
            they pay more for work there, cars are cheaper

            Everything is relative. Earnings are higher, but the standard of living is more expensive.
            Maintaining a certain social and professional status, electricity, rent, taxes, etc.
            Calculate all the costs and look at the balance, that is, the option is that not everything is transcendental, but only just right. repeat
            1. plabu Offline plabu
              plabu 2 December 2019 23: 20
              0
              So the one I asked about does NOT write about it ...
  11. polar fox Offline polar fox
    polar fox (Oleg) 26 January 2020 17: 57
    +2
    Freedom - it is so different, and everyone understands it as he wants and can. You can be free anywhere and just as not free.