10 things you should love about living in the USA
We have been living on the East Coast for more than 6 years now, with a lot of up’s and down’s.
It wasn’t easy to adjust to the Southeast, especially to the heat, the humidity, the lifestyle. And for me, the people are so different here which I did not expect when we decided to move to the Carolinas.
We also lived in the Bay Area near San Francisco years ago and somehow I felt the transition wasn’t so hard for me. The West Coast is so much more similar to Europe than the East Coast, and I felt much more at home right from the start.
But anyhow, there are a lot of things I love living in the Southeast and here they are:
- People are so friendly. Going shopping is a pleasure, because everybody here is so helpful and courteous. They even try to be nice at Aldi. Love it.
- Parking space. I have absolutely no problem finding a parking space, even if you drive a big truck. I have almost forgotten how to do parallel parking, because there is no need to squeeze into a parking spot. Love it.
- Driving the highways is so relaxing. We are cruising along on the highways for hours. It doesn’t bother us driving 8 hours to Florida or 10 hours to New York – no big deal. But after 3 hours on the German Autobahn I am done, because it is so stressful, everybody drives so fast and hectic. Awful.
- I can go shopping on Sundays with my family if I need to. I normally don’t aim for it, but sometimes we just have to go together. We have the option. Love it.
- Space. People give you more space. They don’t stand right next to you or cut in front of you in a line. They are so much more respectful. Less stress.
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Often you don’t even think about these small things that make your life so much easier. But you get used to them and absolutely appreciate them. Especially when I am back home in Germany, I often miss that lifestyle so much.
- If I order food I have a lot of choice! I can add sides, have my meat cooked as I like it, add spices and dressings however I want it. Try to do this in Germany, just try! Although all the choices can be overwhelming sometimes, but still, you have the choice.
- Returning items. Absolutely no problem. You are missing the receipt? No problem – you still get your money back. And if they can’t give you cash, they apologize that they have to give you a gift card, which doesn’t bother me, it is money too.
- I feel life is easier here, people help each other, even the government employees. I was shocked that I actually got my renewed drivers license at the DMV last month, although I forgot to bring my social security card. It took me exactly 45 minutes and I had my drivers license issued. Try this in your Rathaus, they send you home to bring all your documents.
- Everybody talks to each other and compliments you on your outfit, the car you drive or how cute your dog is. Try this in Germany, this would be very irritating to a lot of people, because you don’t talk to strangers.
- Freedom. I can even mow my lawn or work in the garden on a Sunday. I don’t want to, but sometimes I have, well actually Jonathen has to. Love it.
What was the weirdest thing what happened to me after I moved to SC?
What really irritated me though was when my neighbour told me that she loves me, after knowing her for 1 month!!!! I was shocked and wasn’t sure what was going on. Why would she tell me that she loves me (I am more used to the word like).
Well, I figured out later, that Americans love everything and everybody, at least on the East Coast they love outfits, cars, make-up, flowers, books, houses, chairs… actually everything.
Love you too Darling.
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