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Old 12-01-2009, 10:18 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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He maybe should have said the majority of Americans aren't obese. Whether being merely overweight is even bad for you is debatable. (Obesity is, but simply being in the "overweight range" seems to vary depending on why you are in that range and how far and so forth)
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Old 09-15-2010, 12:52 AM
 
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When I was over in the USA/Canada they dont broadcast international news much at all, A big earthquake hit in 2004 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I heard about the news second hand by a another tourist a few days later after it happened, I did see it on the news a few days later after it happened only a small news report though.

I had to remember to look the other direction to cross the road, you can turn right on Red lights. Softdrink comes in massive cups, same for food massive amount. Money Notes are made of paper. Tipping as well, felt a bit odd at first, but I got used to it.

I would like to go back to the USA and visit more places one day.

Thanks

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Old 09-15-2010, 01:02 AM
 
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When I was over in the USA/Canada they dont broadcast international news much at all, A big earthquake hit in 2004
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2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I heard about the news second hand by a another tourist a few days later after it happened, I did see it on the news a few days later after it happened only a small news report though.

I had to remember to look the other direction to cross the road, you can turn right on Red lights. Softdrink comes in massive cups, same for food massive amount. Money Notes are made of paper. Tipping as well, felt a bit odd at first, but I got used to it.

I would like to go back to the USA and visit more places one day.

Thanks
Hmm that's strange because I remember that being all over the news in America, it was a huge story here. What news stations were you watching?
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:11 AM
 
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I cant remember the station I was watching, there are so many channels compared to the 5 FTA I get.
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:14 AM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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For a french like me it's "the size effect" : the USA are so big..Great country, big cities, so many tall skyscrapers, so many landscapes..In France things are pretty small, traditional it's pretty shocking

And the diversity too.Here we have immigrants but it's a small immigration and mostly arab...In the US it's a massive immigration, so many beliefs, races and ethnicities..Just very impressive !
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:37 AM
 
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When I was over in the USA/Canada they dont broadcast international news much at all, A big earthquake hit in 2004 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I heard about the news second hand by a another tourist a few days later after it happened, I did see it on the news a few days later after it happened only a small news report though.

I had to remember to look the other direction to cross the road, you can turn right on Red lights. Softdrink comes in massive cups, same for food massive amount. Money Notes are made of paper. Tipping as well, felt a bit odd at first, but I got used to it.

I would like to go back to the USA and visit more places one day.

Thanks
Really!? I was back in my small hometown in Iowa and that was still front page news everywhere. Not sure what you were watching where the top story wasn't the tsunami for days on end.
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I would like to hear some interesting stories from people who grew up abroad...What shocked you the most about the US, its culture and people? Please include which country you are from and what you expected the US to be like. I love hearing these stories from people. Thank you very much.
I have befriended several girls who are au pairs here in the United States. The first thing girls from countries like Brasil, South Africa, and Bolivia notice are the cars...the cars in the United States are often in great condition (relative to what they see) and much higher quality (Benz, Land Rover, etc).

My girlfriend said that if her and her friends see a Mercedes driving down the street in Sao Paulo, it has a "wow" factor (like if we see a Ferrari or Lamborghini). When she got here, her host family gave her a Range Rover to drive and she was mind-blown. Another girl from S.Africa got a new Saab convertible and felt the same way.

It's funny because to us (Americans) we see a $75,000 Benz and we think "nice car", but to some of them it's like "Oh my god a Mercedes Benz!!" haha.
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Old 09-16-2010, 09:46 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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So, any foreigner ever been up close and personal with a tornado?
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Old 09-17-2010, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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So, any foreigner ever been up close and personal with a tornado?
This native has never been up close and personal with a tornado. So, I'd consider it somewhat amazing if a foreigner was "lucky" enough to experience a tornado first hand.
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:59 AM
 
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Our current runs at around 120 volts while in Europe it is mostly 220 volts.
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