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Re: Smallville, Belarus -- go shopping with Lindochka!
« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2009, 01:57:21 PM »
... the rukomoika!



This device is generally to be found in country homes where there is no running water, the name means hand-washer. It's installed above the (dry) kitchen sink and is regularly filled with well water for cooking and washing hands. It holds a couple of litres of water. To wash your hands, just pull up the knob on the top and water comes out through the spout on the bottom.

The old ones I've seen in the past were made of metal, this is the 21st century plastic version.
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« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2009, 02:04:25 PM »
Thanks, WestCoast!  tiphat

I'm the only native speaker of English here in Smallville, and one of few people locally who can actually speak English. It's a very popular choice for foreign language study, but the teaching methods for foreign language are kind of old fashioned, and there's little if any conversation practice. The older of my two favorite cousin-nieces, now a freshman at university in Minsk, was kicking herself that she never took me up on my offer to practice with her in all the years I visited every summer and stayed at her home. (She realized what she had not learned in years of study of English at school when she took her entrance exams for university.)
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Re: Smallville, Belarus -- go shopping with Lindochka!
« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2009, 02:05:23 PM »
Great thread, Linda! I'm very surprised how clean and nice everything looks in Smallville Belarus! A lot cleaner than Smallville, Russia or Ukraine!
By the way I also wanted to mention that you sound like a delightful person and now I understand why AM can't find a good AW in the US - they are all moving to Belarus!!!  :-X


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« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2009, 02:14:20 PM »
Pelmenitsa and new kitchen sponges paid for and tucked into my shopping bag, I stopped off for bread on the way home from Olga's shop. We like to keep baton (which vaguely resembles its French counterpart) and dark bread on hand, so that's what I got. There are actually two kinds of dark bread of the type pictured, I got the medium version instead of the really dark one. There is a third loaf of this type, a nice, dense white bread that is not made of overly refined flour so it still has some nutritional value.



And I don't know if these breadboxes are found all over the FSU or not. They're made in Poland and extremely typical in Smallville and elsewhere in Belarus. They're available in many colors so you can easily coordinate them with your kitchen. (I have the large version, there is also a smaller one.)

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« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2009, 02:26:49 PM »
Ed, you'll make me blush. I like to think that women like me are the proof that immigrants can preserve their cultural values in the West, because my grandparents emigrated from the Russian Empire, not the USSR or the FSU.

And the cleanliness here is amazing. It's very unusual to see litter around and people take a dim view of it when they see it. I've been pleasantly surprised to see mothers here who are riding buses or walking with their kids taking empty candy wrappers or chips bags when the children are finished with their snacks and stowing them in their shopping bags, to be thrown away as soon as a trash container appears. My mother did the same with me and my brother, we would never have thought to toss trash onto the sidewalk.

And I think that's an important part of what I like about life here. Not just the attitude about littering, but the attitudes about a lot of things that remind me of what life was like in the US when I was a good deal younger.

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Re: Smallville, Belarus -- go shopping with Lindochka!
« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2009, 02:32:30 PM »


And I think that's an important part of what I like about life here. Not just the attitude about littering, but the attitudes about a lot of things that remind me of what life was like in the US when I was a good deal younger.



Good old fashioned morals and attitudes, sadly they are missing from a lot of Western life.

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Re: Smallville, Belarus -- go shopping with Lindochka!
« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2009, 02:53:09 PM »
Ed, you'll make me blush. I like to think that women like me are the proof that immigrants can preserve their cultural values in the West, because my grandparents emigrated from the Russian Empire, not the USSR or the FSU.

And the cleanliness here is amazing. It's very unusual to see litter around and people take a dim view of it when they see it. I've been pleasantly surprised to see mothers here who are riding buses or walking with their kids taking empty candy wrappers or chips bags when the children are finished with their snacks and stowing them in their shopping bags, to be thrown away as soon as a trash container appears. My mother did the same with me and my brother, we would never have thought to toss trash onto the sidewalk.

And I think that's an important part of what I like about life here. Not just the attitude about littering, but the attitudes about a lot of things that remind me of what life was like in the US when I was a good deal younger.


blushing is good! brings blood circulation to your cheeks and makes your skin healthyer  tiphat
Yes. I too enjoy "clean". When ever I go to Crimea it really bothers me how people have no respect for their country and land. There are so many gorgeous places there with a combination of Black Sea and the mountains, but almost everywhere you see piles of trash which really detracts from all the beauty.... public Bathrooms are a horror that may haunt a western person for years to come... There is always a big difference once I land in Amsterdam or elsewhere in the West - things are clean, airline workers are friendly and professional...you just know that you are in the West now.

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Re: Smallville, Belarus -- go shopping with Lindochka!
« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2009, 03:16:03 AM »

Yes. I too enjoy "clean". When ever I go to Crimea it really bothers me how people have no respect for their country and land. There are so many gorgeous places there with a combination of Black Sea and the mountains, but almost everywhere you see piles of trash which really detracts from all the beauty.... public Bathrooms are a horror that may haunt a western person for years to come... There is always a big difference once I land in Amsterdam or elsewhere in the West - things are clean, airline workers are friendly and professional...you just know that you are in the West now.

Hmm, Ed, are you know saying Ukrainians are "messier" !? ;)  I have seen PLENTY of places in the west that are as bad - if not worse.

Lindochka - this is a GREAT thread...




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Re: Smallville, Belarus -- go shopping with Lindochka!
« Reply #23 on: September 11, 2009, 09:29:43 AM »
Lindochka,

  Thank you for sharing.  You would be a great embassador.

I would have loved to bought the vetran babuska lunch and talked with her about her life.  People like her are so interesting.

Again, Thank You !

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Re: Smallville, Belarus -- go shopping with Lindochka!
« Reply #24 on: September 11, 2009, 10:39:20 AM »
Lindochka,

I'm curious....  What's the internet there like?  I remember when I was in Togliatti, I could "purchase" prepaid internet cards and use dialup.  My wife had a "high speed" connection wired into her apartment and had really good access - for around 500 rubles a month.

I can see "retiring" to a place like that quite easily :)


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« Reply #25 on: September 11, 2009, 10:57:29 AM »
Last year there was dialup only here, but it was 56k, so bearable. This year when I returned, we ordered dialup and put ourselves on the waiting list for dsl. Dialup was horrible, with connection speeds as bad as 4k. No, that is not a typo!

Luckily I only had to suffer like that for three weeks before I was ripping along at 100k with the dsl. The cost for a plan which allows 4GB a month is 45,000 BYR, which is around $17 USD. I go over the limit almost every month though, what with downloading music clips and watching news features, so I'm thinking of getting a higher level plan.

There are prepaid internet cards here but I've never used them. I did use them when we vacationed in Ukraine and they were fine.

We also have IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) here, which is pretty cool -- with 36 channels for about $15 USD per month (including residential telephone service) it's a much better deal than cable.  :party0011:
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Re: Smallville, Belarus -- go shopping with Lindochka!
« Reply #26 on: September 12, 2009, 11:34:12 AM »
Lindochka,


What a wonderful thread. Thanks for sharing some pictures and info about Smallville and life in Belarus! I hope you'll continue even inspite of "Ms Moby's" trolling.

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« Reply #27 on: September 12, 2009, 07:05:13 PM »
Oh, I probably will. The photos I have show a side of the FSU that's unfamiliar to most of the participants at boards like these, who tend only to have visited/traveled in big cities. We may take a walk around my neighborhood in another thread soon.

edited to add -- where are my manners? Thank you for the kind words!
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« Reply #28 on: September 12, 2009, 08:03:20 PM »
Your welcome. We've missed your unique insight and all of the wonderful, and unique  FSU experience you have to share with us. I look forward to seeing and reading more about what a gem your neighborhood looks like. 

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Re: Smallville, Belarus -- go shopping with Lindochka!
« Reply #29 on: September 14, 2009, 07:02:36 PM »
Hi Linda, great thread! I've split part of it off to remain on-topic.

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