20 Things Americans Can’t Get Over About European Culture

20 Things Americans Can’t Get Over About European Culture
October 18 16:16 2017

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The Americans and Europeans are culturally different, and that is why there is always a lot of apprehension between the two countrymen. So, when they travel from one place to the other, there are some facts to be noted, so they don’t face a culture shock.

1. Tobacco addiction

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Not only in America, but all over the world, there is a well-spread awareness about tobacco usage. The same goes for Europe as well, but in parallel, one can also see smoking cabins all over the place for smokers. Makes one wonder if this is in a way an encouragement to smoke or use tobacco. This might as well come as a shocker for Americans visiting Europe.

2. Made to last
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Coming from a use and throw background, Americans are sure to get shocked at how the bridges, roads, churches, furniture and just about everything just last a lifetime or even more than that. Everything there just remains forever, and no damage is caused. So like wine, everything is old and the older it gets, the better. This is a major difference from the US culture.

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3. Historical connections
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All said and done the United States of America is a much younger nation when compared to the European nations. Most of the European nations have the war remnants all over them while there is hardly anything like that to mention in the United States. Those traveling in the Europe will notice a lot of historical connections in Europe, unlike the US.

4. Restrooms
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Americans have a high standard when it comes to restrooms and expects toiletries like soap, tissues, etc. It is also common to expect restrooms that are specific to men and women. Europeans, on the other hand, don’t seem to give this too much importance and common restrooms are the norms here.

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5. Bargaining is key
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Americans are used to barcoded items and are habituated to pick up stuff, get to the billing line, pay up and leave. The story in Europe is different, and there are good numbers of flea markets, and there is a good saving potential if you can negotiate and try to bring down the prices a bit.

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