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Old 06-27-2009, 09:07 PM
 
Location: West Kendall,Florida
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I remember when I visited New York, I thought to myself, "man is this whole place buildings?!" . I remember it was the first time I was in a subway and that was kind of scary for me. It was a fun trip, New York was exactly what I thought it would be. Still, there's a lot of buildings!
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Old 06-27-2009, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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We've got the "What shocked you about the US" for foreigners list on here. Since America is so big it's like being in a different country from one area to another I thought I'd start a thread for Americans about what surprised you when traveling to another part of the US.

I'll start. I'm a lifelong Kentuckian. When I went to South Carolina and SE Georgia for the first time I was shocked at why there were no farms on all that flat land - in Kentucky all flat land is cleared of forest and farmed, only creek beds and hillsides are left to forest. I actually asked someone at a restaurant if something was wrong with the land around there

When I went to Pennsylvania I was shocked that there were no name brand gas stations - everything was named "Wa Wa" or something else equally stupid. How do people up there know they're getting good name brand gas from Shell or Chevron and not lower quality stuff from Speedway or BP?
When I went to Memphis I was surprised as to how liberal it was. It was almost like the San Francisco of the Middle South.

When I went to Alabama I was shocked that their was no chain grocery stores( keep in mind that I was in rural Alabama) Almost every town I went through said _________ Food Mart/Market.
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Old 06-27-2009, 10:26 PM
 
Location: California
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Default Surprized not Shocked

Being from So Cal and travelling through the South was an eye-opener for me. I was surprized that there is still such black/white prejudice. But I was pleasantly surprized by the courteous nature of the southern people even the young people who know what "yes ma'am", "yes sir" and "thank you" words mean.
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Houston
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1st. The LITTER. It's everywhere, but from our travels (WA-AZ; TX-FL, GA-ME) the worst is in the South, and LA is the worst of the South. They are still claiming Katrina, but it's been YEARS since that disaster. (New Orleans is a shame to us ALL, BTW.)
Rrrreeeeally? Please tell us how soon you think they should have been able to clean that up.
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Old 06-28-2009, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Dorchester
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We just don't have patience for bad or lost drivers in Boston.

As to the topic: Northern Virginia's beauty and Colorado's lack thereof, get my votes. Also, as I sit on the Tarmac of Kahului Airport. Maui was a little underwhelming.
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I remember when I visited New York, I thought to myself, "man is this whole place buildings?!" . I remember it was the first time I was in a subway and that was kind of scary for me. It was a fun trip, New York was exactly what I thought it would be. Still, there's a lot of buildings!

Go to the north/east Bronx and east Queens and you would never think you're in NYC--

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_j5OBhysXeFU/SR...k/PB040352.JPG

http://www.panoramio.com/photos/original/10233690.jpg

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Old 06-28-2009, 09:45 PM
 
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Akron, Toledo, Dayton.
The comment was probably an anomaly. Ohio has a very large Italian population, particularly in Cleveland and Youngstown. I'm assuming the issue had to do with the person actually thinking you looked alike and had NOTHING to do with you being Italian.

Even stranger, the cities you listed are majority Catholic.. so I am having some doubts!

http://www.city-data.com/city/Akron-Ohio.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Toledo-Ohio.html

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Old 06-29-2009, 12:27 AM
 
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I was shocked to see how dirty and third world like California was. Hopefully their large illegal population won't spill over into the neighboring states, namely Washington.
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:28 AM
 
Location: southern california
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the severe poverty in SW louisiana.
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Old 06-29-2009, 06:12 PM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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When I went to the Philadelphia area a couple things surprised me

1. Most freeways are only 2 lanes each way. I-476 usually had deer grazing along it!

2. Had much it's suburbs looked like anywhere else I'd been (might as well had been Bowling Green, KY)

3. All the row homes in the city and older suburbs - I think one architecture designed most of that city
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