Wednesday, September 8, 2010

You Know You've Lived in Moscow a Long Time When...

The cheapest dryer you could find that was good enough to withstand daily use cost almost $1,000. And you simply accept that and move on, since otherwise your doors will continue to serve as ad-hoc clotheslines for sheets and towels and the kids' room will be continuously half-filled by an enormous drying rack... And you realize that without a dryer, you'll never actually "catch up" with the dirty laundry... And you won't be able to wash down coats during the winter (not good, since they get dirty here FAST).

Another sign? When you read the directions about how to use it—following along just fine—and then suddenly realize halfway through that they're not written in Russian but in some other Eastern Slavic language... Not Ukrainian... perhaps Belorussian?