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Old 03-20-2019, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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LOL

Canadians experience that with Americans, thinking they can drive from Toronto to Vancouver in a day.
Lots crossing from Montana to pop up to Alaska for the day too.
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Old 03-20-2019, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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In my experience, Koreans who come to the United States are amazed at how big things are in America: not only the country itself, but the houses, the cars, the food portions in restaurants . . . and yes, the people themselves. It all seems pretty normal to me.

One thing that amazed me about Korea was how so many people live stacked up on top of each other in high-rise apartment buildings, not only in the major cities but even in small towns. But that's perfectly normal to them.
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Old 03-20-2019, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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In South Florida walking into a CVS or Walmart and the Europeans overwhelmed by the amount of choices we have.

Not only an amazing variety of choice, but each choice has a surprising number of that item out on the shelves. When we were visiting our friend in Baku, we could find everything we wanted in the little groceries there. But there would only be 1-2 of each item (maybe 3 or 4 if it was a popular item). Imagine their astonishment when they visited and saw an entire long row devoted to nothing but potato chips and crackers. 20 bags of each type of potato chip sitting on a shelf, what an amazing thing to see.
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:13 AM
 
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Sort of but not really related... My daughter told me one one of her high school trips they were in an airport waiting on their flight. At the same time they befriended some other high schoolers that were from the Czech Republic ...I believe. Anyways they told those other kids that every American kid gets a free Bald Eagle on their 16th birthday. ... they sort of believed them but were unsure.

If we ever hear about this becoming a thing years from now, we'll know where the rumor was started!
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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The all-time "scenic attraction" that I have never understood is the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen.
What a bust that thing was!
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:19 AM
 
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When a couple of my brother's Thai students visited the U.S., one of the places my mother took them was to a supermarket. They were impressed by the size of the store and the variety of products, but what REALLY knocked them out was when they stood at one end of an aisle and my mother told them that the entire aisle was food (and other products) for pets.
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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The all-time "scenic attraction" that I have never understood is the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen.
You need to check out the Manneken Pis in Brussels.
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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You need to check out the Manneken Pis in Brussels.
Thats a bust as well.. I was like WTF, I can't believe people are waiting to see this.
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Old 03-20-2019, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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Thats a bust as well.. I was like WTF, I can't believe people are waiting to see this.
Exactly. I was so disappointed, it might have been better if we were there on one of the days when they had it dressed up. I did happen to be there when some drunk tourists decided to go get a drink from the "fountain". I was amused and horrified at the same time and was hoping the police would show up but unfortunately they didn't.
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Old 03-20-2019, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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It's something mostly people in my profession (freight transportation) are aware of; Europe has tractor-trailer rigs, but they're somewhat smaller when compared to North American practice, and while the trend is beginning to change, "articulated" vehicles were, until fairly recently, very rare in Japan; "straight trucks", some of considerable length, were the rule -- not much of a help in solving "gridlock".

This comparison also doesn't include the double and triple-trailer rigs common to most limited-access highways (and heavier still on a few toll roads) nor the 5-8 axle monsters hauling bulk commodities in a few states -- most notably in Michigan.

Western Europeans, particularly in Britain and the Low Countries, also place more reliance on a system of canals for moving heavy, low-value commodities, and rivers like the Rhine and Danube are navigable, but not via the lock-and-dam method common to the Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and Upper Mississippi systems.

And our freight rail system -- the most efficient in the world, with trains weighing up to 20,000 tons and two miles long, would be unthinkable in Europe, where operations are geared primarily to passenger service.

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