China Elevator Stories
“Where’s your Soviet companion?”
I chat with the employee of a bathhouse in Siping.
It’s January, 2015. I go to a bathhouse. When the employee opens my locker, she asks me: “Where’s your companion today?”
I reply: “Who do you mean? My husband?”
“No. The tall woman who came to the bathhouse yesterday. The Soviet.”
“Umm, I don’t know that woman. Actually, I don’t know any other foreigners here.”
The employee stares at me, incredulously.
Interestingly, many people in Siping still refer to Russians as “Soviets”.
Have you ever had a similar conversation?