The rest of the world knows the US. through films and TV programmes. The women are mostly glossy, airbrushed and glamorous. The men are handsome and chiselled. Everybody smiles alot and talks loudly. Policemen wear guns, because there is a lot of crime,or so it would seem from the crime dramas. Cars are big and roads are wide. Everything is bigger, better, brighter.and brasher.
I am beyond excited!
I am looking forward to the experience of American wait staff, who, I am told, want to become your new best friend..and eating enormous portions of American food. I really have to find out why Americans rave so much about European butter and cheese. What is wrong with their butter and cheese.
and of course, I will not forget to sample the coffee! if they think Starbucks and French coffee are bad, which I like, American coffee must be heavenly.
Does everybody really keep a gun in their house? Are the houses bigger than ours? do they all have cellars? and why do Americans complain about our washers?..and call our lifts small?
Is American customer service SO good, do they get compensated if the sun doesn’t shine?
….and what do I do about tipping. is 10% enough for everybody? from the train driver to the checkout girl?
Will they think I am friendly, or will they mistake my British reserve for stand-offishness?
I am beyond excited to see this new country and new culture.
But first I have to get through this 12 hour flight!
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