The United States through an European's eyes Dear America,  I love you and (most) of your people. You are one of a kind and I&#...

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The United States through an European's eyes

Dear America, 

I love you and (most) of your people. You are one of a kind and I'm happy that we get to know each other better every time I'm visiting you. I'm neither blinded by my love for you nor for my own country, so let's get some points straight:

Toilet seats in the US look different than in most European countries, cause a part of it is missing. Even girls don't aim perfectly at all times and incidents do happen. Especially in public restrooms it does make sense to just spare the incident likely part. Peeing without having to wonder which body parts of people peeing there before you is great. This point is on you, America!

If you buy anything here the price tags will show you the price before taxes. To know what the actual price for an item is, you have to do some calculating in your head (or simply don't care and pay whatever the cashier wants you to pay). Seeing the price before taxes and then getting the bill with the tax included price is a constant reminder of the fact that you're paying taxes (and not too less of them). So why troubling people with it in the first place? Just tell them whatever a thing costs, they have to pay anyway. This one goes to Europe. (And how in god's name does it come that you have to tell an American not to put the cat into the microwave but all of them can tell you what the price for a 8,90 USD pizza is after taxes?)

I love the fact that you get complimentary water almost everywhere you eat. That's fantastic. What I don't get: How come that bottled water gets a bitter taste if not cold? And those airconditions that work with water spraying down on the guests eating outside: I'm quite sure you guys put chlorine or something like that into that water. Why would people like to sit under a spray of chlorine water and actually eat there? I wouldn't; and I wouldn't care to straighten my hair before sitting there :D

Free Refills
I love it! Sitting at breakfast and getting your coffee mug refilled every time a waiter passes? That's perfect! That makes the dreams of a coffee junkie like me come true. That's simply genious and I wish we would have something like that here too. 

In the US breakfast can be a real meal. Bacon, scrambled eggs, breakfast muffins, pancakes, maple syrup, omelettes - I just love it. American breakfast is one of the greatest things that have ever been invented. And the prices are unbeatable! 

Right Turns
Another thing that's amazing: In most states you're allowed to turn right at a red traffic sign (given there's no car coming from the left and that you stop before turning). As an European you have to get used to it first, but then will love it. Why waiting if there's nobody coming? Exactly!

I have to admit: I love the food here. It always tastes great, you have such a huge variety. My stomach doesn't agree though. My tastebuds are already addicted, but it never happened here that I could actually finish a meal. It's not the size of the dishes, I think. It's more like my stomach decides to be stuffed before I want it to. That feeling lasts for about two hours, then I could eat again. I haven't figured out yet what it is. In daily life here it means for me: I'm wasting a lot of food by not touching it. Still I think I've already gained significant weight here. And every time after eating, I get a headache.

Going into a Walmart superstore is one of the highlights for an European. There are thousands different kinds of... milk for example. Or butter. Or chips. Or - simply everything. Chapstick - you guys can chose from 200 different tastes of something as trivial as lip balm. That's awesome but also a bit tedious in the long term. You get seduced to try new things every time. Maybe that's the reason why people here don't settle easily with things - there could always be something better out there (or someone) - or the result of their permanent search. Having the choice is great if you don't get overwhelmed with it.

Friendly People
People here are friendly. All the time. Fullstop. If you're in Vienna, for example, you feel well treated if the waiter even cares to come to your table to take your order. People are asking how your day was, they wish you a good day, they smile at you and they tell you how awesome you look like. I know that most of them don't really care, but guess what? I don't give a flying f*ck why they are friendly. I'm quite fed up with the nagginess of Austrians, the constant complaining and grumpiness. As long as you keep in mind that "I love you" doesn't mean a thing, it's quite nice. So - this one goes to you, too. 

Upshot: I still love you, America. And Austria.

(to be continued)

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