Posted on January 9, 2019 by adminThe 5 Biggest Differences Between the US and Europe These observations are purely facts (with just a small bit of my opinion thrown in) and not listed in any specific order. I’m positive you’ll enjoy the remainder. Needless to say, I must mention that I did bulge Europe, a continent composed of 50ish states (depending on your political views), into a single thing, but I was careful to choose things I have personally observed and experienced at least a few different countries in Europe. Smoking I recall a time in the US if you’d go into a restaurant and they would ask you,”smoking or non-smoking?” Now, what’s 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 to get a non-smoker who’s bothered by the odor. 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 inside, there are, without fail, at least three smokers sitting directly in front of the door of whatever non-smoking establishment. Europe appears to be getting the”smoking is bad for you” rhetoric and scientific proof to back this up, only slightly later than the United States. Although, I’m aware that France is aggressively tackling the issue, and it has seen adequate results. Driving I can’t say with any assurance that European drivers are worse than American motorists. I can say that driving expectations are different and so affect how drivers behave. By way of instance, on European highways there aren’t exits every 12 miles with gas and food alternatives, like in the countries. Or, which you can turn right on red in America, but this is prohibited in Europe. And, my personal/least favorite, there are no street cops, and any ticket you will get will come from a (sometimes cleverly hidden) camera on the side of the street that flashes a bright white light of guilt in you, and you also get to lament speeding, all of the way home. Food The grocery store in the countries is quite like a European grocery store, but only add two more cereal aisles, a whole chips-candy-soda aisle, three more health food aisles, eliminate the beer and wine aisle(s), and voila, the shops are identical. In Europe, the rations are not large enough that there’ll be no food left, but if you ask to take the food home you may received any perplexed stares, and might possibly leave empty handed. Nature Calls In the united states, in case you gotta go, it’s fairly easy to discover a restroom at a gas station or a public location (excluding New York). In Europe there are plenty of 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 bathroom to offer. If you’re accustomed not to going before you leave the home in the countries, when you go to Europe, I would not suggest taking that opportunity. Customer Service All of us knew it was coming. Anyone that has been to Europe (or even Europeans who’ve visited the US) understands that most European countries aren’t known for their stellar customer support (cough, cough France & Germany cough,cough). Shoot, if you’ve ever seen a picture or heard someone else talk about their visit to Europe, you probably knew that! A bad customer service experience in Europe is just one of those things that is not necessarily as bad as it seems, but it will for sure happen to you once; just like in the united states! However, the differences are the motives and your refuge. In Europe, they do not, so kissing your butt isn’t important to their livelihood. In addition, 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 just 99% right?