Many GaG users are from the US, so the pressure is on!
Keep in mind I have only visited California, Nevada, Florida, and New York, so I've actually seen very little of what the US has to offer! Nevertheless, this is based off of my travelling experiences throughout the two times I have been to the United States.
*Warning: tacky images ahead*
Attitude and Friendliness
Aside from New York (I'm sorry to generalize, but I had some really bad experiences with a few rude people), the Americans were so friendly and easy going. So many strangers were willing to engage in conversation or make chit chat, or even ask about where I was from after hearing my accent. (Which, I promise all of you will hear, one day lol).
We had a huge debacle with the airline on a domestic flight that resulted in my family all being split up over the plane and put in individual seats, which initially I was really hesitant about. I had a middle seat and I was seated between two older men, and I was uncomfortable for the first 10 minutes to say the least. However, one sparked a conversation, and I soon learnt that one man was a teacher and the other an ex-marine (or army, or navy, I can't really remember lol) and we proceeded to have a really great conversation for the entire duration of the 3 hour flight. It was one of the best plane trips I've ever had, because of it.
No wonder you guys have an obesity problem (not that Australia can talk), but I have never seen so many inventive ways to eat crap! I mean, you have liquid cheese in a can for goodness sake. But I'm not complaining, your cereals are amazing, I brought back 3 jars of Fluff and Goober each, munched on a ridiculous amount of those Goldfish biscuits, and ate many other things I am not proud to admit I ate. My family and I spent 4 hours in Walmart, looking at food alone. It's truly fascinating and overwhelming, and I've never seen anything like it.
But in saying that, we DID actually see healthy options too which we were a little surprised by, like lots of prepackaged cut up fruit with cheese cubes, salads etc, and I remember how shocked we were when we got 'real food' with our meals in Disney World, aka those adorable baby carrots.
The one thing I had an issue with though, was the meal size. As we were on holiday and we were very busy with sightseeing, a lot of our meals were on the go, so we ate out a *lot* more than we would ever do at home, in Australia. I made the mistake of ordering regular sized meals to begin with, but soon discovered that I could never finish. Keeping in mind, this was when I was going through my largest growth spurt, and when I was able to eat the most. From the rare occasion I have eaten at a fast food place in Australia, I've never had a problem with finishing my meal (trust me, lol) so I was a little shocked. From then on for the rest of the trip, all of us ordered kids meals.
I have yet to meet a more patriotic bunch. Many of the Americans I encountered both on my travels and on here have a lot of pride and love of their country, which I admire. I even got asked if we celebrate 4th of July in Australia by someone lol.
One thing I will say though, is that the only time I have a problem with patriotism (this goes for any country) is when it borders on nationalistic superiority or acting as though 'we're better than you'.
The US has so many kickass sports, but my favourites would have to be your football, baseball and basketball. I have little interest in Australian sports, but I remember seeing a football game in San Francisco (sorry I have no clue what teams were playing lol) and being absolutely captivated by it.
I am in love with the American accent, seriously! Some people find them annoying, but I think they're a major turn on. I don't remember whose it was, but someone posted a question on here about their voice being deep and recorded themselves on vocaroo and I just melted <3
If I leave anything out, or you'd like to contribute in any way, feel free to drop me a comment.
Thanks for reading :)
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