10 Things I Love about America

things I love about America

Having lived in the U.S. for the past 5.5 years, I believe I have a pretty good grasp of this country. I certainly don’t see America with the same freshness as a person who just arrived here. However, some aspects of the U.S. never cease to positively amaze me. Here’s a small list of things I love about the USA:

1. Infrastructure

I guess I’ll never stop being impressed by the incredibly well-maintained 6+ lane (on each side) freeways of this country.

2. Diversity of People

America is known around the world as a melting pot, but I guess one has to come here to realize how diverse this country really is. The mix of cultures is what makes this country so great to me.

3. Food Diversity

People who claim that the food in the U.S. is not good have either not explored enough restaurants here or are just plain crazy. You can literally find several restaurants serving great dishes from all corners of the world in any major American city.

4. Geographical Diversity

Only about 35% of Americans have passports, which is a pretty low percentage for an affluent country. While there are several contributing factors to why more Americans don’t travel abroad, one that immediately comes to mind is the geographical diversity of this country. America has it all. From paradisiacal beaches in Hawaii and Florida to ski mountains in Colorado and Vermont, from large urban areas in New York or California to very small towns all around the country, from the deserts of Arizona to the forests of Alaska, and the list goes on and on.

5. Politeness

I believe you’ll hear more “sorry,” “excuse me,” please,” and “thank you” per day in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world.  I still think it’s funny how people say “sorry” when they pass by me at the supermarket (even when they haven’t bumped into me). Surprisingly, Americans can be even more polite when they’re arguing with each other.

6. Costumer Service

The customer is always (convinced that he or she is) right in America.

7. Higher Education System

I know that the American higher education system has its problems (e.g. prohibitive costs). However, it’s still a pretty good system, especially when compared to that of other countries. For more on the American higher education system and why I appreciate it, click here.

8. Informality

Americans not only dress casually, but also address each other informally despite the age, status, class or gender differences that might exist between them.

9. Punctuality

9 a.m. means 9 a.m. It’s simple as that.

10. Cheap Stuff

Consumer goods are really cheap in the U.S. From electronics to clothing, food to cars, prices are significantly lower in America than in most other countries around the world. And, of course, I love that, who wouldn’t?

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12 responses to “10 Things I Love about America

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  2. You know this is the first time I’ve read the perspective of someone about the U.S., who came to it from elsewhere. I make a lot of assumptions of what people think about the U.S. and it’s not all that good, so it was pretty cool to get this perspective.

    • Hi Aubrey,
      Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you liked the post! :)
      A lot of people do criticize the U.S, but many of them have never lived here and never had the chance to see the good things this country has to offer!

  3. I absolutely loved your comments about the GOOD THINGS America has to offer. I have lived here for 35 years and still return to Belgium once or twice a year. I love the country of my birth and since I lived there until my 23rd birthday I am a citizen of both countries. I feel so much more at home here in the USA and am ecstatic when the TSA agent wishes me a ” Welcome Home” upon my return. Thank you for pointing out the great things about the USA, I am not always so well versed when asked that same question in Belgium.

    • Hi Lydia,
      Thank you so much for your kind comment!
      It’s funny that you mentioned the “Welcome Home” given by the TSA agents because I actually thought about it when I was writing this post :). I feel ecstatic when I hear that as well, especially because I’m not even a citizen of this country!

  4. Thanks for this – so nice to hear a positive perspective about the US from someone who’s not American. :) At home I can be pretty critical of my country, but I get so annoyed when I’m abroad because it seems totally acceptable (and common) to talk about how terrible America (and Americans) are.

    • Hi,
      Thanks for commenting! I’m glad you liked the post. :)
      I understand you completely. It’s so nice to hear foreigners saying good things about our countries, isn’t it?
      I believe people “love” to criticize the U.S. (and Americans, for that matter) because they see this country through the lenses of American foreign policy. Most foreigners who criticize the U.S. so harshly have never really lived here to see the good things this country has to offer, you know what I mean?

  5. Hi! You have a really good blog. I’ve just discovered it and i can’t stop reading!
    The only thing i have to say, very respectfully, is that i think is not good to call the people who lives in USA like “americans”. America is a huge continent with many cultures and in my opinion is unfair to just call them americans. Anyway it’s just an opinion.
    I really like your blog, continue like that!
    Greetings from Argentina

    • Hola Gonza,

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog! :)
      I only call them Americans because that’s the way they call themselves. I like to refer to people the way they refer to themselves, you know what I mean?
      In addition, I know that in Spanish you have the word “estadonidense,” but that word doesn’t really exist in English. Even in Portuguese, we refer to Americans as “americanos.” But I respect your opinion.
      Thanks for leaving a comment here! :)

      Un abrazo desde EE.UU.

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  7. Disagreeing with number 5 :( I often get my feelings hurt when opening the door for someone or saying “good morning” and not getting a reply! Spend some days in Mexico (not border areas) and you will see what I am talking about!

  8. I lived in the US twice, so I believe my opinion is worth something. With all due respect, I disagree with most of what you said. The infrastructure is really amazing, but the downside of having 6+ lane freeways is that having a car becomes mandatory, so you have traffic, pollution, oil dependence and huge amounts of waste that trashing cars generate. Diversity is just a characteristic, not necessarily good. Food diversity does not mean good food, and having unhealthy and cheap food is exactly what the US is mostly known for. Geographical diversity is really a great and unique american asset, that’s the only thing we both agree about. I don’t agree with politeness, there’s polite people, and not so polite people, like anywhere in the planet. It’s a huge country and you just can’t generalize that. Customer service sucks, and if you need a lawyer to exercise your rights, you’d better forget about them. It does have a higher education system, which kind of compensates for the lousy middle school (if one gets to College). Informality is not necessarily good, the excess of it can mean lack of politeness or education. Punctuality? American were never know for that, and again, this is just generalizing. Cheap stuff is great for the retail customer, but it’s all imported stuff, so little by little you’re killing the national industry, and it generates unnecessary and exaggerated consumption, which, in its turn, generates huge amounts waste. Storage facilities is something typically american because people buy what they don’t need, just because it’s cheap.

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