Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wife Huntin'

One of our teachers is a 45-year-old middle-aged guy from America and, although he's rather into the teaching as well, after whatever crappy warehouse job he was doing in America, is not at all bashful about the fact that he's here looking for a wife. (He's proposed to about half his female students and several girls in adminstration, I think.)

"American women are too materialistic," he said when he first got here.

Another teacher and I immediately just burst into laughter, by way of response, before offering a few words of caution.

He's scoured the internet as well looking for wives, here in provincial Russia, where the man-woman ratio is supposedly 2 or 3 to 1, but just isn't having any luck. I think he had a "maybe" once but it didn't work out.

(It seems like most of the guys who come here seeking wives don't find them -- the only ones who end up getting married are the ones who come here looking for a good time, and some she-devil soon gets her cast-iron claws into him.)

Anyway, as a vacation this summer, this guy has lined up a month-long stint in the Ukraine, where he says the shattered economy means that there are tons of beautiful women looking for husbands.

(Exactly what many of you out there are thinking about Russia, I'm sure, and exactly, of course, the reason he came to Russia in the first place.)

Most of the Russian girls I know who marry foreigners do it when they go abroad to work or study; if you want to find a Russian girl, you may as well do it in Atlantic City, NJ, Ocean City, Delaware, or Naples, Florida during the summer. There are tons of them there on the "Work and Travel" program, which may as well be re-named "Marry and Travel." I'd imagine summertime English programs in England or America are good pickings, too.

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