10 characteristics of life in the United States, about which you should know before to go therePictolic
Well, who among us has ever dreamed of walking the streets of new York city: see bright billboards in times square, to enjoy the Majesty of the Empire state building, ride in a yellow taxi and have your Breakfast pancakes in a cozy coffee shop?
However, going towards your dream, you have to know something: in the US there are features that may surprise travelers and migrants, and which they always get into awkward situations. Read more about some of them you can read below.
American food service is always served very large portions of food. So large that almost nobody can master them in one sitting. Therefore, it is common to take food with them. Just ask the waiter to fold up the leftovers in plastic containers. It's quite normal practice, which is widely used in all States.
But as you know, every rule has its exceptions. None who value their reputation, the restaurant does not agree to pack you with them the remains of oysters. The fact that these shellfish are very perishable, and if the client is their poison, then the institution will have to answer.
July 4, Americans celebrate independence Day, and this holiday for them even more important than for us own birthday. This day in the city, dazzled by the red, white and blue colors of the national flag. Every American considers it his duty to pay tribute to the country and to demonstrate the thing corresponding colors.
The day before the 4th of July, all the shops are crammed with flags, t-shirts, towels, swimwear and even socks with American symbols. Also on the shelves you can see different things with the image of presidents, the statue of Liberty or emblem of the United States.
In USA most of the Housewives have a robot vacuum cleaner, auto MOP with disposable napkins and many other "gadgets", allowing to facilitate the work around the house. But even with the "Arsenal" spoiled American women often calling in a cleaning service.
If ever you happen to test their services, get ready for several hours after cleaning (and sometimes longer) in your home will soar persistent odors household chemicals. The staff usually cleans the masks and sometimes even respirators, because for a long time to inhale these aromas simply impossible.
Tourists are very surprised that in America, the beginning of spring is officially considered not 1, and on March 21 the vernal equinox.
The same applies to autumn — it starts here in late September, at a time when the sun as if the crosses the celestial equator and moving South. This phenomenon is called the autumnal or September equinox.
Thanks to the cinema we represent American reunion as a crazy party with megatons liters of alcohol. Actually, it's pretty boring event, which also need to buy a ticket...
A letter with the date of the meeting and the cost of the ticket is sent to all participants for several months before. Typically, Class Reunion (same as alumni) is held in a relaxed atmosphere somewhere in the restaurant or the conference room. And teachers were not invited to.
In California, before heading to a walk in the woods, you must purchase the entrance ticket cost $ 5. You can buy it in almost all of the nearby kiosks or at gas stations. Along with the ticket you also get a map of the most popular routes.
Despite the fact that tickets are almost never checked, law-abiding Americans regularly buy them. And tourists not hurt, it is for a walk without a ticket you can easily write a serious penalty.
Medicine in the USA is very expensive. If you have no insurance, the doctor's can cost you from 1,000 to 3,000 dollars. But good job (here we are talking about the availability of insurance, and not wages) can solve this problem.
However, Americans tend not to misuse the services of insurance companies. For example, the ambulance they trigger only in extreme cases, because if their challenge deemed serious enough the company may refuse to pay for treatment.
In American universities, students have the opportunity to create their own schedule, dialing a certain number of subjects per semester. To obtain a bachelor's degree, you must pass exams for 40 subjects, and at high load to cope with this task is possible in 2-3 years.
But some studies almost stretch to infinity. For example, a mother with children would prefer to take 2 courses a semester. Accordingly, with the delivery of all exams she can do it in about 10 years.
Tradition to come on a date with flowers in America are no longer relevant. Here a guy can give a girl a bouquet, except that for the prom.
By the way, if a man still decided to give the woman a rose, it will be an even number, e.g. 6 or 12. So, think what is better: to receive a gift of an even number of flowers or even to remain without a bouquet?
When ordering tea in any establishment, make sure to specify that you want a hot tea (Hot tea). Otherwise, you will bring a cold drink with ice (Iced tea).
By the way, in USA it is not accepted to speak: "Bring me tea". Instead, the client should politely ask the waiter: "Can I have tea?". And this form of communication operates in almost all the local caterers.