Going abroad almost always stuns you when you’re suddenly forced to adapt to an entirely new culture. Not to make it sound too simple but things are different elsewhere. [Gasp.] I know. But we tend to underestimate just how different life really is in other countries. And the experience can be truly jaw-dropping for some.

People who went to the United States reported back the weird and hilarious things that they noticed while there, in response to redditor Daleelab’s thread on r/AskEurope. The redditor from the Netherlands wanted to know what the biggest culture shocks were for their fellow site users. And, wow, did they respond in detail.

Their answers paint a very interesting (not to say comical) picture of the United States, from peculiar bathrooms and mega cars to huge drinks and friendly strangers. Check them out below and upvote the answers that made you smile or chuckle. American Pandas, let us know what you think in the comment section. And we can wait for all the Pandas who’ve been to the US to share their own culture shock moments.

The author of the thread, redditor Daleelab, revealed to Bored Panda more about their first trip to the Western United States back in 2014 that inspired their post in the first place. "I was 13 at the time. I presumed the US to be like Europe only bigger. Then when we arrived, it was nothing like Europe, especially the Netherlands. Somehow, I got reminded of that and I wanted to know other people’s experiences going to the US," they said.

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As a German the patriotism is very scarry. I worked in a camp for kids in the woods of North East and the first thing we did in the morning was to gather at the flag and sing the anthem. Every morning! I can't even remember when I sang the Germany anthem the last time?! One time the boys of my group, who were the oldest group in camp, randomly stud up after lunch and started singing the anthem again. All the kids joined in and after they were finished the chanted "USA USA..." And hit on the tables in rythm. I sat there with a guy from South Africa and we both were paralyzed. I guess for someone with a history that made it necessary to reflect critically on patriotism the American patriotism is super scary.

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TropicalPanda
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1 month ago

we have national anthems and pledges recited in schools in India too everyday.. But that's about it!!

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Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America Police are the rudest and most aggressive I have experienced anywhere in the world (and I say this as someone who's dealt with some famously prickly regimes). I go up to ask directions and they put their hand on their gun. If I have more than a single question they are basically telling me to back off and move along. I always read about conflicts between American police and citizens; with that attitude, no wonder it's a problem.

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MrLoufoque
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1 month ago

I was once in California for New Year's eve and had found a driver's license on the ground, so I approached nearby police officers to give it to them so they can get in touch with its owner. They were completely cordial and friendly, so I guess the whole thing is up to everyone's experience...

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Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America I witnessed a mother opening several packs of sugar and sprinkle it in their kids Coca Cola. I’m still speechless.

I also can’t comprehend how people think private health insurance is a threat to their freedom or that private prisons could be a good idea.

Lastly, the gap in the toilet doors. WHY

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago (edited)

WTF, there is already s**t loads of sugar in coke. I don't think that is a normal US thing, probably just some idiotic parent trying to give their kids diabetes. But correct me if I'm wrong though.

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According to the original poster, Daleelab, the biggest difference between the United States and the Netherlands that they found was how many Americans had an "utter obsession with 'patriotism.'" In the redditor's opinion, too much patriotism can lead to "dangerous nationalism."

They said: "I love the Netherlands and I’m happy to be privileged to live here and to be Dutch. But the nationalism in the US is blinding people to the huge faults in their country anyone could see if not for that nationalism. Another big difference is that almost everyone there is a Christian."

Another thing that Daleelab was shocked to see on their visit to the US was that "people would shoot the 'Welcome to [State]' signs." They also were surprised by the road signs: "Everything on the street was spelled out instead of it being symbols. It’s a sign that says 'one way' while a simple arrow would do fine in Europe."

In an interview with Yale News, Sterling Professor of Political Science, Ian Shapiro, said that the trust in politicians, parties, and democratic institutions has become eroded. The cause of this? The transfer of political power to the grassroots. As such, there has been a rise in divisive and populist politics in the US.

“Many people are concerned about the damage Trump has inflicted on America’s political institutions. What they are missing is that Trump is a product of bad political institutions. The main infirmity is that the United States has very weak political parties. They are weak because they are subject to control by unrepresentative voters on their fringes and those who fund them,” Shapiro said.

#4

Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America Having to say the ”Pledge of allegiance“ every single day, not gonna lie I found that really strange because it kinda gave off North Korea vibes to me, that’s just something that would be unheard of in German schools

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Aaron W
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1 month ago

American kids have always been taught to worship the flag and the anthem. If only they had been taught to respect democracy and justice instead of superficial symbols.

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Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America I saw more obese and morbidly obese people than I ever had seen before in my life. Literally, before I visited NYC, I think I only once or twice saw a morbidly obese person.

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Demi Zwaan
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1 month ago

My husband was morbidly obese when we went to Blizzcon in 2010 (a convention for gamers). We saw people who needed TWO chairs to sit down. My husband looked tiny compared to a lot of people there. We went to Walmart (cheap store that sells everything) and they sold XL shirts that were bigger than our 5XL for the same price as M/L clothes here. Same with pants. He got multiple new outfits for normal prices that would've cost a fortune here, simply because 'XL' is quite normal in the US.

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The poverty. I had been to the US a lot, but always along the costal cities. Sure, I saw homeless people around LA and New York, but I’ve seen homeless people in Sweden too and figured it probably had to do with addiction or mental illness. Then a couple of years ago I decided to travel across the US. I started in Los Angeles, then Nevada and then just moved on throughout the southern parts of the country. There were places that looked like a third world country. Homes barely holding together, people with dirty clothes, just horrible horrible poverty that I’ve never ever seen in a developed country before.

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Aaron W
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1 month ago

They adore capitalism though. Sure we have no decent education or healthcare, no food or clothes, but as long as the corporations are making bank we are good.

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The Dutch redditor who created the thread in the first place shared their own experience with going to America for the very first time.

“I went to the US in 2014. We landed in San Francisco and had to rent a car. We thought, ‘We're in America, let's rent a big car.’ So we rented a ‘big’ car. Then we joined the I101 and we were the smallest car on the road... So with our redefined car, we went to the Golden Gate Bridge but we were hungry,” they wrote.

#7

Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America When I was a young child I went on holiday to Florida. I remember going to a museum and seeing a ‘non guns’ sign at the entrance. My mum has to explain to young me that in the US people regularly carried guns around, which blew my mind. Still does today.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Blows most people's minds in almost every western country.

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#8

The prices. Deals were extreme. Like you would get 12 donuts for the price of 2.5 single ones. I didnt want to overpay for a single donut, but i couldnt eat 12. So i didnt bought anything.

Healthy stuff was 2x-3× the price Im used to. Unhealthy stuff was half the price.

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Happy_Pandalover
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1 month ago

yeah, healthy food is usually more expensive in almost any industrial country. but the price gaps are alot biggere in the us. it makes people with low income buy unhealthy food - exactly what the food industry wants us to do :(... that‘s a problem everywhere though

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#9

How hard it is to walk in smaller cities. Everything is designed around cars. Want to go to the mall across the street? There’s a 6 lane road, good luck crossing that! If you somehow manage to do it, you still have to cross a gigantic parking lot that is like 10% full.

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Marc
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1 month ago

When I moved to the U.S. to live with my wife, which was several years ago, I also wanted to go shopping on foot. That was what I was used to at home in Germany. My wife then advised me not to do it, precisely because almost no one does it in the USA. Even more so, people who walk are viewed with suspicion. Often they are even controlled by the police. Precisely because simply no one is on foot. Of course, this may vary somewhat depending on where you are. In this case, it was in Atlanta. In small towns, it will supposedly be somewhat different.

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“So we stopped at a diner. My brother ordered a burger and a small 7 Up. He got a liter of 7 Up. He wasn't even halfway and the waitress came to ask if he'd like a free refill (!). To quantify the bigness would be an insult of the bigly bigness that is the American lifestyle. Certainly a shock for me,” the redditor shared their experience and just how huge everything seemed once they arrived on the West Coast.

#10

Everything is sugary and sweet. I swear even bread was sugary instead of salty.

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

I read an article sometime back that the Irish supreme court ruled that subway bread is too sweet to be classified as bread.

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Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America Any time I’m in the States I’m always shocked by the amount of homeless people. Especially in San Francisco and Los Angeless.

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Hans
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1 month ago

Even worse, (mentally) ill homeless people. The lack of universal healthcare and homelessness seem to be closely connected.

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#12

Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America Obligatory (not-really-but-yes-totally-obligatory) tipping

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Samantha Power
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1 month ago

Very obligatory, when I lived there an English friend of ours didn't tip well enough and the waiter followed him out into the street and asked if his service was poor. Can't imagine that happening in England. Friends would carry a tip calculator which would show exactly how much to leave.

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Plenty of people have heard a lot about American culture without having delved into the culture firsthand because of how prolific movies, TV shows, books, video games, and other forms of media from the US are. So it’s only natural that some individuals have a skewed understanding of how things in American society work, basing a lot of their knowledge on stereotypes.

#13

I went to Miami for a day when I was 11. I was just so shocked and disgusted by the slums, the country acts like they’re so far ahead but their poverty is indescribable. Every country has their poor and underdeveloped areas, but wow man. Miami gave my system a shock.

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BusLady
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1 month ago

So many people have poorly paying jobs, or they are unemployed, or they live on government assistance (which is not enough to live on). Also, this is usually rental housing owned by slumlords who don't keep the property up. I've lived in some awful places, but I'm at a nice place now.

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Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America People wear shoes inside their homes. So strange.

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Aski Markup
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1 month ago

Ew.

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#15

Extremely sad to see people freak out about having to get medical attention and/or illness at work. Also going through the trouble of verifying my travel insurance indeed cover me in the states. I have been less concerned going into literal war zones.

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Marc
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1 month ago

I've seen people who were afraid to call an ambulance because it could screw up their whole life, because of the expected costs. That's something I still can't come to terms with today. When you have to make decisions like that, you know something is wrong.

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But in reality, the United States is such a huge country that it wouldn’t be wrong to assume that even Americans can experience culture shock. Somebody going from the West Coast to the East Coast or from Texas to Minnesota might encounter a host of differences. Though one doesn’t have to travel far: just going to a metropolis or visiting the countryside is enough to show you that the way that you live might not be the norm elsewhere.

#16

All the waste and no concern for the environment. It really irks me.

And how the 'greed is good' mantra has taught many people how they shouldn't give a sh*t about others.

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BusLady
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1 month ago

I live in the States, and I am shocked and outraged by all the littering. Why, just why? The waste of water is awful. Huge lawns that need to be watered every day. I've seen sprinklers watering sidewalks, and being run even when it is raining.

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#17

The loudspeaker announcements about how much we love the soldiers. What the hell? It sounds so fascist.

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Anthony Mann
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1 month ago

As a Soldier, it always made me feel uncomfortable, when people said things like that, or looked at you like you were a hero. It was my profession, and one that I chose, so to be treated like a rock star made me feel very weird and conspicuous. I sometimes felt like it was over compensation for how Vietnam Vets were treated when they came home.

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In hotel rooms: We didn't watch a lot of TV, but when we did, I was very taken aback by the amount of commercials. I watched Cartoon Network as a kid and I remember the screen faded to black and immediately back to whatever I watched like every 10 minutes maybe (usually during an exciting part, for dramatic effect). I realized those blackouts were meant for commercials, but my home country didn't do that.

And also commercials for booze. And just in general the intensity of them. Some were hilarious though.

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Demi Zwaan
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1 month ago

And the ads for medication. So weird! Ask your doctor about this medicine! Uhm, no? My doc tells me what I need, not the other way around...

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Like other countries, the US is multifaceted. You’re as likely to find someone who’s willing to give you the shirt off their backs as someone who’s rude to you. Incredibly wealthy and startlingly poor? Check. Socially backwards (which can mean drastically different things depending on your point of view, of course) while also incredibly progressive/traditional? Double-check. It’s a country of contrasts. Like most (if not all) nations are.

#19

Said it before, and I’ll say it again. The gaps in toilet stalls.

I’d heard of them before I visited but they still shocked me. Literally like 2cm of space between the partitions, for literally zero reason at all. People can look right into the stall. Goodbye privacy! Why? Whyyyyyy? Baffling.

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TV Junkie
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1 month ago

I grew up in the US and can confirm that this is incredibly awkward. You never get used to it.

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How religious the US is. Pretty much everyone attended a church and the churches were a big part of everyone's life. Weekly attendance was a thing. One of my teachers was very progressive (gay democrat philosophy phd literature teacher in a Bush worshipping area) and he was asked by his students about which church he attended. I felt that was weird thing to ask in the first place.

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doris van natta
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1 month ago

This also will vary from area to area.

Sista of the moon
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1 month ago

The south is much more religious

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 month ago

Just wait a generation or so. Church membership is dwindling at a pretty good pace, so the old Holy Rollers will go the way of the dinosaurs soon enough.

jamie1707
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1 month ago

The US as a whole is not religious. We have a lot of fakers (especially politicians) who use their "faith" to badger others. They even get huge tax breaks for doing so. It's a sick, sick system.

Samantha Prendergast
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1 month ago

I am from the US and I do not got to church.

Michigan Guy
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1 month ago

oddly enough, organized religions in the US are reporting huuuuge drops across the board in the last decade or two...

tinyghost
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1 month ago

That is scary to me too. Every single American president must talk about how he/she is a strong believer to somehow proof their quality by that. Also the US seem to be one of the only western countries, where you "come out" as an atheist. Like this is a difficult and special thing to do. Where I live no one really cares. Religions is a private thing, like a hobby. You don't believe in gods? Not important if you are politician, not an issue in your family (few extreme exceptions of course). Some how the christian groups managed to create the narrative of the "christian nation USA", which is just completely wrong if you know the constitution. And even printed "in god we trust" on money and police cars. Scary and disgusting to me.

Tim Haight
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1 month ago

I dont go to church. Too many of these, especially the mega churches are run by greedy scumbags who only want your money.

Martha Higgins
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1 month ago

It is an impertinent question to ask. It's no one's business.

elfin
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1 month ago

Many, many churches have become just stand-ins for political parties. There's not a lot of religion involved.

Janelle Collard
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1 month ago

You must have been in the "bible belt" or the south. Other places aren't like this.

Glowdaddy
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1 month ago

Recently less than 50% of American's go to church. Even if we do go why do you care? When I was in Germany a few years ago, I noticed many big and fancy churches and cathedrals...are you telling me nobody worships in them?

Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
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1 month ago

America was created because of Christianity. Of course Christians are everywhere.

Jim Day
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1 month ago

Not true. Churches currently have experienced a loss of people. The roles are down to about 46%.

Julie
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1 month ago

Is this due to Covid?

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Judy Harrison
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1 month ago

After I moved to the South, people would ask what church I went to. They looked horrified when I explained I’m Jewish.

H.L.Lewis
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1 month ago

Oh, try living in the south US. The first questions from a stranger, usually male, are: what does your husband do, and what church do you go too.

Mer☕️🧭☕️
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1 month ago

Eh, that depends on location and, honestly, how small the community is. GENERALLY speaking, smaller communities tends to be much more church oriented than even mid-size cities, so there's that, too.

Amelia G
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1 month ago

Not everyone believes in god I'm an atheist myself

Carrot Stick
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1 month ago

I dont go to church since I aint Christian

Paul Z.
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1 month ago

1 village we passed through on one of our USA trips... 7(!) Churches in one street... wtf? All Christian, but all different...

jknbt jknbt
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1 month ago

covid has changed the whole church attendance thing... get a new rant

DoobyOne
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1 month ago

We're working on it. Church attendance is tanking all over the country. Young people are done with it.

Bender Bending Rodríguez
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1 month ago

Good. Thank you. Now only if we get churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and what not taxed that will be great. Oh and universities. Don't forget those universities.

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El Dee
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1 month ago

Here we see more atheism now than ever and most people don't attend a church. If you do then chances are you're the only one in the room and everyone will think you're a weirdo. For very particular reasons we tend not to ask people about religious matters in my country, we have had a problematic history..

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One reason we are the best.

Arenite
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1 month ago

Yeah, the best at being ignorant and hate-filled.

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So many overweight people. I'll see more alarmingly obese people in 15 minutes in an American airport than in a year living in Amsterdam

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Sonja
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1 month ago

Yeah, but Amsterdam is absolutely opposite in this matter. I had to ask, if they have any fat/obese people there, because I have seen none (a Dutch person, not a tourist).

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Nonetheless, there are certain features that make America, well, America. Founded on the ideas of liberty and justice for all, the United States very much values freedom of thought and expression, as well as the drive and ambition to succeed. After all, the pilgrims who were some of the first colonists escaped England because they were persecuted for their religion.

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Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America I went to the US in 2014. We landed in San Francisco and had to rent a car. We thought: "we're in america, let's rent a big car" So we rented a "big" car. Then we joined the I101 and we were the smallest car on the road... So with our redefined car we went to the Golden Gate Bridge but we were hungry. So we stopped at a diner. My brother ordered a burger and a small 7up. He got a liter of 7up. He wasn't even halfway and the waitress came to ask if he'd like a free refill (!). To quantify the bigness would be an insult of the bigly bigness that is american lifestyle. Certainly a shock for me.

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Ileana Sky Aviles
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1 month ago

I gain 25lbs! Everytime I go I prepare for weight gain. Resturant portions can be shared between 2 people per plate! But oh so delicious!

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Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America The prices not including tax so you never know how much you're gonna pay because you can't multiply by 1.08875 in your head

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

This is sooo annoying! And if you are in a restaurant is plus tax plus tip! Ugh!

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#24

Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America Swiss are famous for the love of cheese and putting cheese on and in things, but America takes that to another level...even if the cheese is less good tasting. They think they have Swiss cheese, but what they call Swiss like a really sh*t version of Ementaller cheese. They are surprised that we have like 400+ kinds of cheese, none of which we call Swiss.

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Cupcake168
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1 month ago (edited)

Emmental is an area in Switzerland and the cheese they make there is called „Emmentaler“ (single L). It’s a trademark and a quality feature. Only the Origin Emmentaler is allowed to be named so. But obviously that’s only in Europe like that. US-Chesse has as much in common with Emmentaler as Trump with a Trumpet. Both can be made out of milk (Emmentaler MUST be made out of Milk) - both makes noises. that’s it.

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However, that’s not to say that there’s no conformity in the US. Quite the opposite. It’s a very human part of our nature to seek out those who think like us, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that in America speaking out (especially on polarizing topics) isn’t always met with respectful listening.

#25

The amount of "fakeness" from people in the service industry: waiters, receptionists, bar staff, store employees etc

Everyone greets you with a fixed totally artificial smile, they speak in standard scripts, everything will be "their pleasure" and they will do it "for you". You just feel they are acting out a part but actually not listening to what you say and they certainly never do any of the things they promise. You just wish (a) they would start acting like human beings rather than pre-programmed service bots and (b) they would treat you like an actual human being rather than a visiting emperor.

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BorPand8
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1 month ago

The scripts and the big smiles are usually required by their employers, so it's not really their fault.

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#26

Flags. EVERYWHERE.

The portion sizes. The price of petrol is ridiculous.

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BusLady
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1 month ago

In Texas, you also see Texas flags and symbols EVERYWHERE. When I lived in Colorado, you only saw flags on public buildings, like City Hall, the Post Office, etc. And the American flag was displayed with the state flag. In Texas you will see the Texas flag displayed alone.

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Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America So many whackos around. People just standing in the middle of the pavement with a huge "Jesus is coming" sign or similar

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Mz Phit
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1 month ago

Ah, so they visited Tucson! (JK Old Pueblo, but you know it's true)

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Friendly yet fierce, incredibly individualistic but still very tribal. That’s the US for you, representing some of the best and some of the worst qualities of the human experience. But what do you think, dear Pandas? What’s your experience with America and Americans been like?

#28

Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America My experience was that Americans act or seem to be more friendly and personal. But it always feels like they don’t actually mean it. Don‘t get me wrong, I met great people in the US. But Europeans, especially Germans, seem to be more reserved at first or second contact.

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Samantha Power
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1 month ago

I thought that. I did live in NYC for a while, not so friendly there, but good people once you get to know them.

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Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America How divided everything is. There are only extremes, no in between. I thought this was mostly the case on the internet.

On the drive from the in Florida airport I saw an "the NRA is a terrorist organization" billboard right next to one advertising semi automatic (assault) rifles.

I was also surprised how many churches there were in rural Florida. Most seemed to have advertising unlike anything here in Europe. Some seemed to wage war against each other.

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Dan Buczynski
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1 month ago

We're moments away from civil war at any given moment.

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Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America Educational system sucks and is made to print money and throw the youth under the debt bus. Professions that don't make any sense to spend years in uni for (nurse for example) instead of doing an apprenticeship course.

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Nathan Pogorzala
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1 month ago

Nursing is a “trade school”, a master’s in nursing is where they get ya.

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Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America Extremely dirty and old public infrastructure - NY subway feels unsafe to use at times, some of the stations look like they're collapsing any minute now

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Y T
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1 month ago

Yeah, and also that the stations all look the same so you really have to be alert for when to get off.

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#32

How difficult it actually is/how much knowledge is required just to not get fat

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BusLady
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1 month ago

Too much availability of junk food and fast food. Ridiculously huge servings in restaurants. You always need a take home box for leftovers.

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#33

Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America To be honest, the flag salut in school. I could not comprehend it. I had flashbacks to videos seen in history class.... Made me feel super uncomfortable.

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Hans
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1 month ago

Great opportunity to waste time that could be used to learn, play or do anything else...saluting a piece of textile is just strange if you set aside the symbolic pathos of it.

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#34

Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America Extreme friendliness to you when you're a customer. Too much in my opinion, it made me feel uneasy

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Samantha Power
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1 month ago

I always remember that. Often I hadn't even had a bite of my food and the the waitress/waiter would be asking how I was enjoying it and chatting when I wanted to eat. It can be a bit overwhelming.

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#35

The sheer distance between everything and the fact that most americans consider an 8 hour drive no big deal

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Kristal
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1 month ago

Yeah, 8 hours can be done in a day, no problem :) I enjoy road trips though.

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#36

On the first night of my first trip to the USA we ended up in a restaurant where pretty much all the customers openly carried handguns. That was quite shock.

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Steve Barnett
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1 month ago

Replace 'shock' with 'unnerving'.

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Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America The water level in the toilets, I walked into 3 different cubicles in JFK that where all seemingly blocked, until I realised that in the states the water level in the toilets is much higher, like half the bowl, where as here in Europe theres just a bit of water at the bottom.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

It is such a huge waste of water.

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#38

Homeless and drugs ins the street, it is incredible.
I feel like this is a deeply splitted society, either you serve or you are served. Or you die in the street.

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El Dee
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1 month ago

Trump had the audacity to call another place a 'shithole country'

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#39

Tourist-Culture-Shocks-America Strangers talked to me for no reason. I could be walking on the street and a total stranger would come up to me and say "nice jacket" or something similar.

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Samantha Power
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1 month ago

I think that is a nice thing

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#40

I went for the first time in 1999, to Washington DC, it was the first time I had ever seen truly obese people, I grew up in Ireland and yes we had some overweight people but nothing comparable.

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Sista of the moon
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1 month ago

It’s true. Washington DC does have a lot of obese people.

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