A couple of my international friends shared this on Facebook the other day and I got a kick out of it. I’ve always wondered what visitors to the U.S. think of our culture! It’s interesting because living in the U.S., a lot of these things are “normal” to us so when we go abroad, our impressions of other cultures are based off our what we consider “normal” at home. Of course, everything is relative and the more traveling I’ve done, the more I’m convinced that there are many ways to do the same thing and there is no right or wrong “normal”.
Anyway, since this is my blog, I’m adding my two cents to the observations above: Yes, our portions are huge and they’ve evolved that way over time but you don’t have to eat it all (or you can order and share your food!). Flags are NOT everywhere. Where were you when you saw all those flags?! I agree, tipping is annoying and I wish we’d ban it all together. We have lots of commercials and our commercialization of everything is one of the things that sickened me when I got from from traveling. Not all toilet stalls are low with big gaps – you just have to know where to go to find the good ones. We can be loud but I’m glad you still think we’re friendly! Credit cards are actually pretty secure since credit card companies guarantee that we’re not responsible for charges that we didn’t make. Oh, and if you think American bread is “sweet”, wait ’til you try Asian breads! Lastly, for the record, I don’t like pickles.