Package from Russia

So I come home yesterday, and there’s a notice on the door that the postman had tried to deliver a package from Russia. I don’t know anybody in Russia, so that was weird.

Today, I go to the post office to get my package, and what do you think? The package is from Ukraine. The word “Russia” doesn’t appear anywhere. Neither do words “Uruguay, Mars, or Nebraska.” Why Russia was chosen and not any one of these or other possibilities is a mystery. I mean, nobody at the post office looks ancient enough to be of the “Ukraine is in Russia” Cold War generation.

So annoying.

15 thoughts on “Package from Russia”

  1. Sadly, I know a lot of people for whom Eastern Europe and Russia are synonymous; anything east of Germany is Russia. I kid you not. One colleague originally from Belgium (so he really should know better) got visibly annoyed at another colleague who insisted he was Latvian and not Russian. The Belgian said something along the lines of “Nobody cares; it’s all the same.” If I were a dude, I would have decked him; don’t know how the Latvian colleague kept his cool.


      1. “Most Americans think Ikea is a Swiss company”

        Most Americans know that “IKEA” is an acronym written with all capital letters. Some of them (like our former President) think that “Austrian” is a language.


  2. To be fair, the President of Russia also thinks that Ukraine and Latvia are part of Russia, so it’s not a purely American misconception…


    1. What about people who conflate North Korea and South Korea in their minds, or who think Europe and Africa are countries instead of continents?
      Global knowledge is not universal. Even now I, myself, couldn’t figure out the geographical location of most Middle Eastern countries, Central/South American countries, or Caribbean nations without the help of a map.
      Think I have a rough idea of the arrangement of some of the Asian countries—at least I know Seoul and Incheon are in the northwest corner of S. Korea and Jeju Island is a popular tourist destination south of the mainland.


      1. Finding stuff on a map with eyes closed is certainly a rare skill. But at least knowing that different countries are indeed different countries and roughly where they are should be ubiquitous knowledge. Or at least, when someone tells one they’re from here and not there, one should take in that information and maybe be a little (or a lot) ashamed for not knowing they’re two different countries, not act as a dismissive prick and insist all “those” countries are one and the same.


        1. Exactly. I didn’t know the difference between Togo and Benin but when people from there pointed out that these countries have quite different cultures, I didn’t debate the issue. That would be rude and idiotic.

          I always point out in a very calm and friendly way that no, I’m not from Russia. I’m from Ukraine. And 9 times out of 10, the response is, “Oh, that’s the same thing.” Which is really obnoxious because I just made it very clear that I don’t think so. And I’m from Ukraine, so what I say goes.


        1. Well, he’s African and American, so I guess Africa can be in the Americas, right?

          As to Belgium, I think it’s next to Bulgaria. Or is it part of Bulgaria?

          No, wait, it’s the capital of Bulgaria. Yeah, that’s the ticket.


    2. All true except for that there’s a very simple reason to why nobody is eager to move to Sachsen. They speak a dialect of German that nobody can understand. My professor of German once went and said it was horrible. It’s worse than Quebecois French (with all due respect to our valued Quebecois readers).

      There’s also another point that the article avoids mentioning. Germany is one of the worst countries in Europe for childbearing for anybody other than ladies in burqas. I recommend Elisabeth Badinter’s books on how those same countries that keep whining about low birth rates are the worst when it comes to making childbearing possible for anybody who’s not in a burqa.


      1. // I recommend Elisabeth Badinter’s books on how those same countries that keep whining about low birth rates are the worst when it comes to making childbearing possible for anybody who’s not in a burqa.

        I found “The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women” but it seems to be on a different topic – how “the taboos now surrounding epidurals, formula, disposable diapers, cribs—and anything that distracts a mother’s attention from her offspring—have turned childrearing into a singularly regressive force.”

        Do you remember in which books she talks about Germany?


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