Photographer Ricardo Makyn and I took a quizzical glance at each other. We were decked in Jamaican gear from top to bottom; there was a big Jamaica flag on our accreditation cards that dangled from our necks.
Still, the two gentlemen in front of us, beers in hands and looking like they had no care in the world, were seriously waiting for a response.
Simultaneously, we nodded our heads.
"You idiot, they from Jamaica. They no speak English."
Simultaneously, we burst into laughter, and so did they.
It was kind of weird, but also a bit amusing.
Maybe the two locals we ran into at a train station in Moscow were on to something - most Jamaicans really don't speak English 'fi real'.
But after getting the joke, the pair soon sent another stereotype our way.
"So Jamaica, I like very much Bob Marley," said the chief spokesman, before bursting into an off-note rendition of the reggae legend's One Love.
"I like cannabis," said the other, before inhaling sharply through his teeth to mimmick the pull on a marijuana joint.
Again, we all laughed. Those two appeared a little under the influence, but they weren't the first to assume that all Jamaicans smoke the herbs. Believe it or not, in 2013, people still think that way. It was the same in Ukraine a few weeks ago, and almost everywhere I have been. People just assume that as a Jamaican, inherently, you smoke weed.
I bet there are a few folks who imagine that our top sprinters and the other Jamaican runners gather around a bonfire on a beach somewhere and pass around a few spliffs before pulling on their gear and breaking world records.
It's sad really.
Anyway, I have noticed that Russians don't like to talk about the Soviet Union days and communism and all that.
But there are a lot of relics from Russia's past all around. From the Seven Sister Skyscrapers, commissioned by Joseph Stalin himself, to the 'CCCP' Russian Cyrillic abbreviation for the Soviet Union seen all over the place on buildings and even on the metro.
You get the impression that no one will say it, but Russia's past is something of which most locals remain very fond.
Now, the Media 800m is on tomorrow inside the Luzhniki Stadium, with about 140 accredited journalists and photographer (not including Makyn) entered. I aggravated a well-documented injury yesterday, but I will see what I can do in this 800m.