A Quick Study on American Dissimilarities

Moving across the globe will have you noticing the smallest details and focusing on them to the point where you just have to write about it!

I’ve been adjusting to life here, and there are many differences to be in awe of in day-to-day life. Here are some things Americans do differently that I’ve noticed while living here:

1. The food portions here are huge! I always end up with leftovers. And guess what? Some places even offer refills on these massive portions. Can you believe it? I usually ration them over the week and get creative with incorporating bits into my meals because I haven’t yet adjusted to this quirk.

2. American flags are everywhere! I visited a high school as part of a project I’m working on, and I was blown away by how many flags were proudly flying. I see flags outside buildings, on deli corners, and even mini flags hanging on school bags. I think it’s safe to say there is a lot of love for America, and they’re not afraid to show it!

3. Another thing I noticed while grocery shopping is that the prices displayed on the shelves here don’t include tax. I was going about my weekly shopping and was greeted with a wallet-tugging, heart-skipping surprise at the register. I’ve since learned that tax isn’t included in the label and have made sure to keep that in mind for future shopping adventures!

4. The last thing I want mention, is the heartbreakingly large amount of homelessness here. It’s not really a difference to observe but seemingly a theme that is present across the entire globe. It was especially surprising to me because I come from a third world country and wasn’t prepared to see it so frequently in almost every borough I’ve visited! It’s eye-opening and humbling to witness people struggling with basic necessities, even in the best countries in the world, especially in New York where the cost of living and housing is famously challenging for many.

Azole Njengele


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