Living in the United States – How’s life in America
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A little background info…
If you’re new to Why I Post, let me tell you a quick background on me. You can simply skip to the next section if you’re not new here.
I’m Marcelle and I started my website Why I Post so I could share all my travel-related experiences with as many people as possible so that everyone would feel more confident when applying for a visa, a citizenship process, book a trip overseas, go abroad as an international student or work overseas.
I am such a big nerd when it comes to exchange and study-abroad programs, visas and citizenship applications. I find it really enjoyable to search for all the rules and requirements mandatory for those applications. But I know that’s not for everyone. I understand you may not like those
boring things like me. So to help you guys out, I try to simplify and summarize them on my blog.
The information I share comes from countries’ official websites and my personal experience in applying for international processes. And having traveled to 16 countries and having lived abroad a couple times, you can imagine how many application and paperwork I had to go through.
Because of my experience, I have written to other travel blogs and have even given an interview.
Above are just a few reasons why I enjoy blogging about travel experiences.
I’d like to show you that you can have better travel experiences and you should not hate planning your next international trip.
You can make changes to your life by traveling and it doesn’t have to be scary.
Yes, an international experience helps you to tick places off your bucket list. But it’s more than that!
I see traveling as an exclusive experience, that’s all about being present, tasting, learning, trying, seeing and doing.
Going abroad is about indulging in unique local experiences: living the moment and making remarkable memories, the best ones!
I want you to have fun & create your own history while having THE time of your life abroad, truly enjoying the life you are living!
Now let’s get back to how’s life in the U.S.
As I mentioned on my My first big trip post, going to America was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had. I had the chance to live the American culture and experience their day-to-day lifestyle.
If you are from Europe or North America you might find the things I’ll mention here a bit odd, but as surprising as it may sound, living elsewhere in the world may be a totally different life experience.
One of the first things I noticed that was so different from where I come from was the fact that in the city buses the driver is responsible for collecting your bus fare. Most people have a Transit card that they either tap on or insert in a machine to have the bus fare paid, electronically. I know it may sound crazy but in my home country, we did not have that until like five years ago. And even so, we still have someone in the bus to collect the fare paid by cash and give bus riders change. I know those people need their jobs but it was very interesting seeing how Americans automated every step they could and used technology everywhere. I was really amazed by the American life.
It was all about the details. For example, even the bus doors are different. Here the driver has to do a billion things other than driving, AND open the bus door so passengers can get off. In America however, all you have to do is simply touch the door when at your stop or just give a little push and there is a sensor above the door that will open it for you. So to me, that was amazing eight years ago just as it is today.
The second thing that I was the most amazing by while in America was accessibility. Most subway stations were accessible. And every store and sidewalks were accessible too. I was so proud for them to see how people who really need accessibility could be independent and go everywhere without depending anyone’s help. I was happy for them but I was so angry whenever I thought about how things are in my own country because it’s just not fair not to have accessibility. It should be mandatory for everyone to have the right to go everywhere, no matter the person’s physical condition.
Thirdly, out of the subject of infrastructure, one of the things I believe to be very typical is American food. The restaurants’ menus are all about pizza, salads, burgers, and soups. And their main meal is dinner and for lunch, Americans are likely to simply have a sandwich, which in my country is the opposite.
Lastly, I couldn’t finish up without mentioning how polite American people are. I have heard some people saying Americans are not very affectionate but to me, I don’t think so. It’s just how they are. Being different doesn’t mean being worse or better at something. Just because other people are very close to their family to the point where moving to a different city or country may sound impossible for some of them, doesn’t mean that it has to be like this to everyone out there. But at the same time, if being close to your family is something that works for you, that’s great too.
I think it’s more of a matter of accepting differences and respecting them. I do understand the differences between Americans and people from other cultures. I understand, I respect. Therefore, I try not to make expectations or comparisons with other cultures. This makes meeting new people much easier when abroad. And from my experience, I can say that Americans are affectionate indeed, and very much polite. When I was in the US, people used to hold the door for me. On the streets, they would always smile and say hi. Except in downtown, of course, where the stress of a busy work life takes over. But in residential areas, this is exactly how it was: people smiling and saying good morning. And I loved it!
When it comes to saying what I love about America the list goes on and on. But I’ve written a full, detailed post on my Au Pair experience for The Lifestyle Hunter blog, where I tell everything about it, the ups and downs, how to apply, what to expect, the advantages and disadvantages of being an Au Pair.
Thanks for your time guys. And you, what did you find most interesting about when abroad?
PS: English isn’t my first language, so I hope you don’t mind my writing.