Here’s a post about one Irishman’s view of the U.S. after visiting, living, loving and planning to live there again: what he likes, and what he loves about the American cultural experience – but mostly, let’s be frank, what he thought really, really sucked. Including:
- tipping (what’s that about?)
- phoney smiles
- cheesy marketing
- stupid drinking laws
- bland chain stores
- warped view of America’s place in the world
- inability to be truly frank; and, of course
- religious freaking Americans …
Look – I grew up in a religious town in Ireland, went to an all boys Catholic school, and some of my friends in Europe are religious. Even if I’m not religious myself, it’s up to everyone to decide what they believe in. I find religious people in Europe to be NORMAL – it’s a spiritual thing, or something they tend to keep to themselves, and are very modern people with a great balance of religion and modernism.
But I can’t stand certain Christian affiliations of religious Americans. It’s Jesus this and Jesus that all the bloody time. You really can’t have a normal conversation with them. It’s in your face religion.
Read: 17 Cultural Clashes this European Had in America – FLUENT IN 3 MONTHS
Naturally, I now wonder what an American would say about their cultural experience in EnZed?
[Hat tip Diana Hsieh]