Terry and I had lunch at a Japanese restaurant near the consulate the other day. Some of the staff are Asian and some are Russian. This is how my mind works: after watching an Asian waitress walk by, a very pale blond woman comes over to take our order. My first instinct - Oh, she's white, she'll speak English.
Duh. We're in Russia. The first waitress had a better chance of speaking English.
Once again we thank our 8 weeks of language training.