1. Statistically, there are more women living in Ukraine than men. I’m just guessing on this one, but maybe it has something to do with drinking a lot, smoking a lot, and just plain getting into fights a lot. Any way, men are outnumbered.
2. Stereotypically, the women in Ukraine are beautiful. This, I have found to be quite true (except for sometimes when a beautiful girl smiles and then you notice the lack of attention to dental care… Kind of ruins the look, eh?). But, I have also found out that this is their job – looking beautiful. In Ukraine, women often don’t work and it is the responsibility of the man to provide for her. They just have to look pretty, and they do… They never leave the house disheveled. That only happens when they become babushkas!
So, you take number 1 and number 2, combined with Ukraine being a poorer country, and what do you get? Prime wife shopping territory for the Western man, no?!
I cannot, absolutely cannot!, count the number of times while traveling in the past few months that I have heard men comment about how beautiful the women are from these countries. Yeah, yeah, yeah already… It’s true, I get it. However, what I can’t get past is the extremely large number of companies that cater to helping foreign men find a wife from this part of the world.
When we arrived for training at the language school here in Kyiv, we were immediately put into a room where we watched a film called “A Foreign Affair”, which is about a couple of brothers who go on a love tour to Russia to find a bride. It is actually kind of amusing, but the director wanted us to see this film because perhaps there had been incidents in the past with the teachers coming purely for this reason.
In the film, the company the brothers used was called “A Foreign Affair” and the website is actually http://www.loveme.com. To my shock and surprise, as I was looking at my Kyiv map (in English), the company was actually listed on the back! And, next to this little guy was the listing for many, many other companies just like it!
Oh my. I still don’t know what to think of it… I mean what kind of man would actually take part in something like this? Unfortunately, there are probably plenty… There might even be a few extra plane tickets to Kiev booked after I post this entry.