US and Europe

Posted on January 9, 2019 by

Prague, Praha, Winter, Night
So, to the meat and potatoes (arroz y habichuelas in Puerto Rico)! These observations are purely facts (with a small bit of my opinion thrown in) and not listed in any specific order. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the remainder. Of course, I have to mention that I did bulge Europe, a continent composed of 50ish states (depending on your political views), into one thing, but I was careful to choose things I have personally observed and experienced in at least a few different countries in Europe. So, that should count for something, right?
Smoking
I remember a time in the US if you would go to a restaurant and they would ask you,”smoking or non-smoking?” Now, everything is non-smoking. Most public areas are smoke-free zones. As a non-smoker, I really like this. However, moving to Europe might not have been the wisest place to move for a non-smoker who is bothered by the smell.
The Europeans smoke – in public, at home, or where they want. Granted, there are a number of locations where you will see a no-smoking sign, but they are few and far between, especially in the event you would like to go out for nightlife. And even if there’s absolutely no smoking indoors, there are, without fail, at least three smokers sitting directly in front of the door of whatever non-smoking establishment. Europe seems to be getting the”smoking is bad for you” rhetoric and scientific evidence to back this up, only a little bit later than the United States. Although, I am aware that France is aggressively tackling the issue and has seen decent results.
Driving
I cannot say with any confidence that European drivers are worse than American drivers. I can say that driving expectations are different and so affect how drivers behave. By way of instance, on European highways there are not exits every 12 miles with food and gas alternatives, like in the countries. Or, which you can turn right on red in America, but this is illegal in Europe. And, my personal/least favorite, there are no street cops, and any ticket you’ll get will come from a (sometimes cleverly hidden) camera on the side of the street that flashes a bright white light of guilt at you, and you also get to lament speeding, all the way home.
Food
Food is cheap and accessible. The grocery store in the states is quite like a European grocery store, but just add two more cereal aisles, a full chips-candy-soda aisle, three more health food aisles, remove the beer and wine aisle(s), and voila, the stores are identical.
In Europe, the rations aren’t large enough that there’ll be any food left, but if you request to take the food home you may received some perplexed stares, and may possibly leave empty handed.
Nature Calls
Winter Haven Rat Removal
In the united states, if you gotta go, it is quite easy to find a restroom at a gas station or a public location (excluding New York). In Europe there are several states that charge you to use the bathrooms at gas stations and in public areas, but there are a few others that simply do not even have a toilet to offer. If you’re accustomed to not going before you leave the home in the states, when you go to Europe, I would not recommend taking that opportunity.
Customer Service
All of us knew it was coming. Anyone that has been to Europe (or Europeans who’ve visited the US) understands that most European countries aren’t known for their stellar customer service (cough, cough France & Germany cough,cough). Shoot, if you’ve ever seen a movie or heard someone else talk about their visit to Europe, you probably knew that!
A poor customer service experience in Europe is just one of those things that isn’t necessarily as bad as it sounds, but it will for sure happen to you at least once; just like in the united states! But, the differences are the motives and your refuge. In Europe, they don’t, so kissing your butt is not important to their livelihood. Also, in Europe, there’s no Better Business Bureau, so if a bank teller or shop owner is rude to you, you just need to suck it up and not shop there anymore.
Am I 100% right or only 99% right?

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