Hello and welcome!
My name is Stanislav, but you can call me Stan, and yes, I am Russian – the friendly one. I was born in 1982 in the country which doesn’t exist anymore; I was born in USSR. I suppose you can consider me as a Russian person. But I am the friendly one, remember that?
I always wanted to live in the Unites States of America, but I was so dumb, I didn’t do anything for this dream. I didn’t learn English*, I didn’t get the right education that would help me to get H1B visa (working visa). I didn’t do anything except I applied for Green Card Lottery. I applied and completely forgot about it.
You know, now, the more I think about it, the more I believe that God has a really strange sense of humor. My very first application got selected and I won the Green Card. I was 30 years old, I didn’t have any money, I couldn’t speak any English* and I didn’t have anyone except my wife and two beautiful kids.
May 31st, 2013 we came to the States. Oh man, what a beautiful day was it: scary and beautiful at the same time. From the first day of being “American” we started living “the American dream”. We took a personal loan from my parents, we took a car loan, because we ‘needed’ a new car for our new American life. I even
bought financed a motorcycle. And one year after we came to the States and became true Americans we found ourselves in $50,000 in debt. Oh boy, we were so dumb.
From that day we decided that we don’t want to be a typical family with debt carrying from one generation to another, with a student loans for our kids, or a car payment, or any other payments. We decided to be weird, and live the Real American Dream.
This blog is my little notebook, a diary where I post true stories about a Russian family living The American Dream.
*Please, please forgive my poor English, I came to the States in 2013 without any English, and have been learning since.