Sunday, October 11, 2009

Weekend in Suzdal: Hello Fellow Russians!

When The Spouse wants to get out of something potentially unpleasant involving a stranger, he speaks German. This way the pan-handler or whomever blames "those cheap Austrians" instead of thinking poorly about Americans.

So, we're sitting in a little tea shop in Suzdal. In walks a young, gregarious Russian man.

"HELLO FELLOW RUSSIANS!" he says to the room in Russian.

He locks eyes with us.

" . . . and fellow . . . non-Russians!"

"Haben Zie vielen dank!" says The Spouse. Thank you very much.

Now, unbeknownst to The Spouse, Russia was playing German in football (soccer) last night. It was a Very Big Deal.

Young Russian Guy buys us a bottle of a local honey-based brew. "It is my policy to make friends with The Opposition," he explains. "I wish you all the best."

"Do you think he's drunk?" I ask The Spouse. "He's not drunk. I mean, he seems cheerful, but he's not drunk, right? Ya think?"

Young Russian Guy and his friends arrange themselves at the table next to us. "It's just a bit crowded," he announces. "Can everyone [meaning us] move to the left. Just a little. A LITTLE!"

We all scoot left.

"STOP! That's enough," he says. He and his friends order vodka shots.

"It's 4:00 in the afternoon," The Spouse says to me. "This is not his first shot of the day."

P.S. Germany won 2-1.

Suzdal was like a Russian fairy tale. I can't say enough good things about the inn and the town. It was all adorable little cottages and cats and cats in windows of adorable cottages. See below.


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valentina said...

Wow how truly gorgeous! And all of those cousins of Crooky! xov

hka said...

Germany won 1:0 actually! 2:1 was a year ago. More about Suzdal?

The Expatresse said...

hka: so you see how truly out of it we are about football!

The churches! Oh, my. The churches! And the weather. It was a miracle (assuming you've looked outside today . . . ugh).

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