When I was a teenager, I was eager to visit the US, like many teenagers as from all around the world. I should admit that the American music band, New Kids on the Block played a remarkable role in it. I cannot deny Mc Donald`s affect on me either! Today, New Kids on the Block is disbanded, Mc Donald`s branches are everywhere in Turkey and I have been living in the US over 10 years.
Eventually, I have started to live my dream and loved it pretty much. Since the first day, Americans succeed to surprise me in many ways. First of all, they are very open to other cultures. Different languages, different religions and different cultures are not “different” for them anymore. Americans live in a multicultural environment and they deeply enjoy it.
Hi, how are You Doing?
In my native country, Turkey, if you don’t know the person you don’t ask them how they are doing. Since my first day, Americans are greeting me every day.
Peanut Butter & Jelly
No doubt, it is a yummy combination! When I first saw that, I had no idea! After seeing it even in the school menu than I realized that it is part of American culture.
Cell phone Lovers
I have never seen a community that people are so dependent of their cell phones. Americans live an online based lifestyle and their cell phones are a part of it.
Americans live a very internet connected lifestyles. In America, even job interviews can be done online. It is the biggest convenience and a new lifestyle.
What about traveling around the world?
It was surprised to see that Americans don’t travel that much. Most of them do not even travel to other states. American travelers are often elderly.
What about a second language?
It is not common to meet an American who speaks a foreign language. Spanish speakers take remarkable place in the US but most of Americans do not speak Spanish.
They are Party People
Celebration is significantly important for Americans. 4th of July, Halloween, Thanks Giving, Easter and Christmas are quite important events. Especially Christmas in the US was one of the most significant experiences that I had.
Americans are friendly, confident and fun. I am happy to live with them and appreciate the New Kids on the Block guys for introducing the US to me!