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Old 05-30-2011, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the universe
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I am not a foreigner and do not necessarily agree with all of the opinions about the US, but, regardless, I find them all interesting and love chatting with people from around the world visiting or living here about it.

Most friends from Europe say the biggest shock is lack of public transportation or walkable areas. They are used to being near everything and had to get used to driving everywhere.

Another shock is how 'less educated' Americans tend to be. They said that average American school systems are much easier and that many Americans didn't seem to be well acquainted with the rest of the world.

Friends from other countries, say in Latin America, usually note on how boring American cities and nightlife are. Europeans have also stated this as well.

I do, however, think many of these observations come from personal preferences and various experiences. A good friend of mine who was raised in Germany, but has now lived in the states for many years told me that he prefers the USA and finds it more fast paced than "slow-paced Europe".

So I do think the opinions vary with each individual, as evident with the person I just mentioned, but there do seem to be common observations.
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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I dont understand how nightlife or cities can be "boring". Have they ever been to Louisiana and the festivals? Every bit as lively and colorful during Mardi Gras and some music festivals than anything down in Brazil.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:15 AM
 
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Europeans have stated how boring US is? Ha ha ha! I understand that if it was said by some Eastern Europeans or some Southern Europeans (just some of them... Southern Europe is better but can't compare to E. Europe when it comes to nightlife). But if someone from France, Germany or UK said it than it makes me laugh.

What shocks me the most (I'm a foreigner... probably you guessed it because of my English) is that the admiration for socialism that more and more Americans have. It's beyond shocking and I don't understand it. They've seen it fail time after time after time after time ....and they wanna try it too.

Other shocking thing is that most american big cities are really really dirty. There's too much garbage all over...
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:32 PM
 
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I dont understand how nightlife or cities can be "boring". Have they ever been to Louisiana and the festivals? Every bit as lively and colorful during Mardi Gras and some music festivals than anything down in Brazil.
I guess they mean the average American city on a random night, but I personally think that you can find many things if you look for it.

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Other shocking thing is that most american big cities are really really dirty. There's too much garbage all over...
I've heard that from a few people too.
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:35 PM
 
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I guess they mean the average American city on a random night, but I personally think that you can find many things if you look for it.



I've heard that from a few people too.
Yeah... but don't get me wrong... Paris is a dirty city as well... and so it's London (but cleaner than Paris). I guess it's a cultural thing. Austria, Germany, Switzerland and pretty much any place that was under the Austrian empire have very very clean cities.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I remember asking an German Exchange student.
She loved it her...
but initially I think she was shocked at how stupid everyone is.

Meaning, ignorant. She did eventually end up falling in love with it here, though.

People are fundamentally the same. The US is kind of the center of the world...not to be conceited about it, but you see **** loads of American Companies, Media, Brands, etc all over the world.
It's impossible to escape America, in a way... so when you're in America, you're kind of at the center of the Tornado.
We're not "stupider", just subject to an environment which makes us appear as such.
It's hard to break out of the stupidity rut if you're not genuinely interested in other cultures and things as well.
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Old 06-05-2011, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Ive only been to Florida in the States but been there a lot.

Positive:
Much more products than in the Netherlands (I didn't knew that they had different M&M's besides the brown, yellow & blue bag).

?:
Amount of fastfood restaurants

Negative:
It shocks me that somebody in his 50's in the USA has to work as a waiter in Sizzler, clean Disneyworld and work as a electrician (in his free time) every day to survive/feed his 3 children.
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Old 06-05-2011, 10:49 AM
 
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When I was in Europe, I was shocked at how many families live in apartments because they cannot afford a house.
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Old 06-05-2011, 11:46 AM
 
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This thread is about the U.S., not Europe.

There are very few houses in a dense metropolitan area. You got the same situation in NYC (Manhattan).

There is definitely an underclass in America. I was also surprised to see so many adults working as valet parkers, security guards, waiters. In Norway, most security guards are under 30 and many of them are students. A majority of waiters in Oslo, Norway are actually young Swedes.
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:20 PM
 
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This thread is about the U.S., not Europe.

There are very few houses in a dense metropolitan area. You got the same situation in NYC (Manhattan).

There is definitely an underclass in America. I was also surprised to see so many adults working as valet parkers, security guards, waiters. In Norway, most security guards are under 30 and many of them are students. A majority of waiters in Oslo, Norway are actually young Swedes.


Maybe the spouses of the adult valets, waiters, and security guards make good money so these people do not need to work in a more professional environment?

There are underclasses everywhere. Look at Germany. That country hires Turks to work in auto factories because the German citizens don't like working "dirty" jobs for relatively little pay.
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