dress: sela (russia), bracelet and shoes: St. Petersburg, Russia watch: Michael Kors (gifted)
– Russians don’t understand the concept of a line, so if you are “waiting your turn” in Russia we found it best to put your hands on your hips -so your elbows stick out and so no one can cut you.
– Before we went to Russia I knew how to say “I don’t speak Russian” in Russian, and I thought I had it covered. I’m walking in payless looking at baby shoes and a lady comes up to me and starts speaking to me… in Russian. I freeze, look like an American idiot and say, “oh, sorry I don’t speak Russian.” So much for all my practice.
– Walking through the mall -in America and hearing someone say “excuse me” and I’m pretty sure they said it in Russian -or was I hearing things?
– Sitting on the metro and this lady sitting next to me was literally looking me up and down. It was one of those loooong glare type things. I could see her out of the corner of my eye so when her eyes got to my eyes I looked over at her and smiles as we made eye contact. She smiled back and then turned her head the other way.
– Metro trains during rush hour. There’s just something about being pushed up next to a sweaty-alcohol-smelling-no-deodorant-wearing-guy that makes me wish I didn’t have the sense of smell.
– I’m pretty sure everyone thought we were spies because Brand spoke Russian.
– Everyone thought I was the Russian native and that Brand was from Poland or England -until I spoke.
– Russian people are so friendly, especially when they find out you are from America and can speak Russian. We were stopped talking with locals for quite a while, and when I say we were talking I meant Brand -although I could understand some of the things that were bring said.
– Knowing Moscow like the back of your hand.