I told you my memories of the 90s Russia, particularly, food, music, movies, crimes, transportation, playgrounds. Now, it is high time to finalize the topic.
I am not gonna repeat how tough it was to grow up in those times. Instead, I want to focus on more interesting fact, which I have already mentioned – the cult of the USA.
We all know the history and the complex relationship of the USSR and USA. There were tense and very tense moments, the cold war was definitely the toughest time. The USA was pictured as the greatest enemy of each Soviet citizen.
Things started to change already in the 80s, and strong affection towards the USA occurred after the Soviet Union collapsed. From an enemy, the faraway country turned to a friend. It was not forbidden anymore to be curious about the USA. It was allowed to watch American movies, to listen American songs. What is more important, it was allowed to travel there. Generally, immigrating abroad and marrying a foreigner was a big tendency. Yet, only the USA was so popular. Many people immigrated to the USA to pursue their American dream. Many women dreamt to marry an American man, not only dreamt, it was a real goal. It was believed that a strong rich handsome man from the USA will take a woman to the wonderland and solve all her problems.
Even those who didn’t plan to move anywhere silently admired the land of freedom. It was in fashion to have a US flag on clothes. American chocolate and beverages were all over the country. Children played the characters from American movies. There were Rambos, Robocops, Terminators out there on the playground. Disney cartoons were broadcast every Sunday – Chip’n’Dale Rescue Rangers, DuckTales, Darkwing Duck, and many more.
I have never been to the USA, yet, I feel I know a lot about that country. And I really want to visit it some day!
Upcoming stories are Trip to Russia and Denmark. Stay tuned!