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:
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.
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.
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 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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