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Personal experience: what shocks immigrants in the USA the most

I thought, why not tell about some things that for some reason I did not expect to see in the USA.

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Alcohol

Americans drink more than Russians, and for some reason they only joke about Russians. Most of our American friends have at least one wine cabinet, or even several for the whole collection. They drink at dinner almost every day. In a restaurant, you also EXTREMELY rarely see people without alcohol on the table. I will not say that this is all true for every state, and in general, these are just my observations. I didn't expect Americans to drink so much.

Outdated technology and a blow to the pocket of pedestrians

I was very surprised that here in buses there is a cable stretched along all the windows, which must be pulled to make the bus stop. The technology seems pretty outdated.

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Here they are really fined for crossing the road in the wrong place. Something for $ 120. Better not to cross the road in front of the police.

Strange politeness

Americans periodically say something like: "Let's go to the Nth place together," but in fact, very often this is just a manifestation of politeness, and no one is going to go anywhere.

The Americans, firstly, calmly come to visit empty-handed, and if not empty-handed, then they will certainly take away all their leftovers. Secondly, if they call for a home party, then, most likely, there will be a maximum of chips - we went to a birthday party like that, we were asked to take our alcohol ... but if I knew that there would be no food at all, then I would not only grabbed the wine.

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Restaurants, pharmacies, style - everything is different in America

In the USA, for some reason, there is a very big excitement in restaurants and cafes. Either you need to book in advance, or wait in line for 30-60 minutes if planted without a reservation.

American women for the most part dye blonde for some reason.

In pharmacies, only a third of everything is really related to the pharmacy. The rest is household chemicals, cosmetics, food and even alcohol.

I don't think any of the above is bad. Coming to another country, I realized to myself that it would be different here.

The original column is published in Karina Kudinova's blog “That redhead from Seattle” on Instagram.

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