Different, in many ways…

I had many prejudices before arriving to the US for my first time. Prejudices that I’d got from movies, TV and of course people who’s has been here. Some of them have been fulfilled and some of them weren’t even close.
Some of them are obvious like: “they have bigger cars than us”, yes they sure do. But it’s hard to believe that the difference is so huge before you’ve actually seen and experienced it. I’m now going to present to you, some of the things that I’ve found very American and odd.

  • Grocery stores: If you’re going to buy milk in a ICA store in Sweden, then there’s usally about 5-10 different ones to choose from. Here you’ve got 30. And it’s the same with all articles. So if you’re new to it (like I am) shopping groceries takes some time…
  • Cars: This car is common here: Ford F250, say no more.
  • Toilets: In Sweden we’ve got this “small flush”-button on todays toilets. Over here they just fill up the whole toilet with water and when you flush, it empties the toilet and fills it up again (and I guess that it uses a lot more water).
  • Size: Clothes actually have about the same size like the ones in Sweden (even if XXL is more common here). But the size of the meals here are huge! You never walk out of a restaurant worrying about that you haven’t got you daily need of calories. Especially the sodas are enormous, I don’t think I’ve finished one by myself yet…
  • Alcohol: The beer here is really cheap compared to Sweden. You can get 24 cans of Miller for example, for less than 15$ (100sek) and you pay about 2-5$ for a beer at the bar. Drinking and driving is unfortunately very common here and you’re allowed to have up to 0.8 per mill. But there’s a rule against drinking in the car. Not even the passengers are allowed to have an open bottle in the car.
    Concerning the consumption of alcohol: I believe that Americans drink more often but not as much at the time as the Swedes do. This might have to do with the fact that alcohol is more accessible here.

I will problably come up with a lot more things to write about later, but this is the list for now…

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Wasse left for Windsor today so I’m quite bored (already), but I’m looking forward to school next week, and tomorrow we’re celebrating Labor day!