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?

17 comments:

Tina in CT said...

You've lived there TOO LONG! Your MIL will agree w/me.

Glad you have a new dryer as you have to have one.

Rozmin said...

I'm guessing Bulgarian if the dryer was made in the EU.

Man, I miss dryers. I don't think my clothes have ever smelt completely normal since I left. There is always a slightly lingering smell of "wet", no matter how faint. It's a bit better in the winter when we can dry things on the radiator. Jeans are a total pain year round though!

Anonymous said...

Your comments about the dryer reminded me of wonderful version of Alice in Wonderland with songs be Vladimir Vysotsky. If you ever have a chance - get it. It must still be very easy to find in Russia. It is very humorous story with lots of references to real life then (over 30 years ago).
There is a conversation in the story about Peter the Great and how he opened the window to Europe. And one little creature (it must be a mouse)asks if they ever builb a door or still going through the window.
It seems to me the window still in good use.
Olga

Anonymous said...

still be careful! remember the new washer and dryer that we purchased there? it shrank and faded everything ; ( but, i was still grateful ; )
miss you!
jeannie

The Expatresse said...

You lived there all this time with no dryer?!?! Or is this a replacement? Yes, things dry fast in a Russian apartment. But still!

In SK I took a two-week job with UNDP . . . earned me about $1000 which I used to buy a DRYER! (Which is now sitting in my basement in Ohio . . . I never took it to Moscow because the apt there came with a washer/dryer combo).

Had to buy a new one when we moved to Lux, but at least I have a large laundry room in the basement with clothes lines, room for my drying rack (I still use it), my ironing board is always up, AND I have an IKEA clothes rack that I use to hang the ironed shirts on. It is all very luxurious to me.

Edie Mindell said...

I agree. Dryer is a must, especially when you have kids.:-) Don't worry about the cost, as long as it serves its purpose well.:-)

Jojo, Julz, Julianne said...

Where are you?? Busy Busy with school I am sure.
After 2o years for me, you'd think it would be much esier...but no! Still tough! I am sure it's wayyy more difficult for you!
Just wanted to pop in and say I miss YA!!!

Elle J said...

Missing your writings. I hope all is well!!!

EasterApril said...

Hope everything is ok!

Sara said...

Missing you. Hope you all are ok

garnet said...

Hope your blog is silent for the same reasons mine is -- just too much to do. Miss the glimpses into Moscow life you've provided. Hope you are well.

Katie (and Tony) said...

I've been checking in, but no word from you ;-( Hope all is well and you are just busy....Just checking in on you.

Anonymous said...

Hi - I have followed your blog for a long time and have really enjoyed reading it.

Just wondering why the blog went silent for more than two months.

Like other people have stated here lately, hope you're ok and just too busy to write.

Anonymous said...

Hope you're all right. Happy Thanksgiving (even if it was yesterday, or two days ago for you).

Jamey & Catherine said...

I have been checking in too and wonder...The last new post was in September. Hope all is well and that we hear soon. :)
Catherine

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday and best wishes to Natasha!
Love,
Olga

Anonymous said...

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! Truly hoping that all is well as we blog followers are missing reading about life in Russia. Happy and blessed 2011 too!

Cheryl in Idaho