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The Final Post on the 90s Russia

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!

24 thoughts on “The Final Post on the 90s Russia

  1. In December 1991, I attended a Christmas party and some other events with a Russian group who were visiting for what I guess I would call training. The Soviet Union was dissolved while they were here in the US. They spoke little English, we spoke no Russian, and there was one translator, but that didn’t interfere all that much with our ability to interact or communicate. The timing was remarkable, as you can imagine. I have warm memories from the visit, and I still have a set of stacking dolls they gave as a gift.

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    1. Thank you for sharing such an interesting story. I will never wish to anyone to experience the ‘breakage’ of own country especially being abroad at that point. It is so sweet you still keep those souvenirs. πŸ™‚

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  2. Hello, I have been so busy that I have missed a lot of your posts. This one caught my eye. I had no idea that the American culture was a big thing in Russia in the 1990s. I will go back and read your other posts. As always, thanks for sharing your wonderful stories.

    The US is as I am sure you know, undergoing some really difficult and troubling times these days. Please know that there are still lots of great people here who would really welcome your visit, that includes me. Your posts always remind me of one simple truth – people are the same everywhere. I just wish more of my countrymen could understand that. Best wishes for the new year! 😊

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    1. Thank you for the comment and your time for reading the posts. I fully agree with you, we are so similar, no matter how far we are located. For that reason, we need to exchange our thoughts and experiences not to be misled by media. Happy New Year! 😊

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      1. I totally agree, Elena! I hope you had a wonderful New Year. My work life is getting back to normal, so I should be able to spend more time with WordPress again.

        I am an investment advisor, and after 23 1/2 years using the same brokerage firm, I moved to another company for my clients. We had to redo almost 600 accounts, so as you can imagine, I was just a bit busy. πŸ˜‚

        Anyway, things are mostly set up again, do I am excited to be able to spend more time with my blog and following my WordPress friends. Best wishes! πŸ™‚

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      2. Sounds really good! Keep up that energy level! Quality work always takes time and effort, but always pays back. πŸ‘β˜ΊοΈ

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  3. It’s amazing how closely the Russian people became identified with Communism. For myself I’ve long loved what little of Russian culture seeped through, and had no qualms (even when in the forces) playing my ‘Red Army Ensemble’ (and other) records (which often attracted a lot of fascinated attention). There’s something haunting about balalaikas that makes one think of vast snow covered steppes.

    People, I guess, are people. The very few Russians I’ve met have been warm, outright, honest, and reliable.
    Don’t stop, Miss Elenka …

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  4. Thanks again for this interesting series. I’m sure you’ve already learned that American husbands don’t make life perfect for their wives. Much like our discussion of ‘pigs will always find dirt,’ the US is only as good as each person’s interaction with the opportunities. It’s undeniable that there’s wealth and opportunity here, perhaps at a greater or easier level than most countries, but there is also a lot of waste and ingratitude. Many children grow up undisciplined and disillusioned – feeling there is no purpose beyond material gain which comes to bore them. I’m grateful for the bit of hardship in my childhood and the teaching of my parents to be thankful for what I have and to respect and cherish people above all else.

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      1. And tolerance. There has to be ‘give-and-take’ on both sides. For myself I just try to be the husband I’d like if I were She. and I’m always aware that people are individuals with their own quirks; and that she makes allowances for my own foibles too.
        I’ve noticed a pattern and it is disturbingβ€”that whenever we’ve had our (very few!) spats they’ve been MY fault.

        There is nothing, and I say again absolutely nothing, so very demoralising for a man as realising that HE is the one in error and The Spouse is innocent. That really sucks …

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