by Monika Barta
Since I have been in America for 2 years I have started to identify what I see are some of the main differences between Europeans and Americans. Below are my top 17, because Europe is also far less obsessed with rounded numbers.
1. European people don’t appreciate fast-food. The average European person doesn’t even know what hashbrowns are and the combination of chicken and waflles might sound like a joke for somebody from Europe.
2. In Europe, tipping a server in a restaurant isn’t perceived as a necessity. However, if a European person happened to wake up in a good mood they might leave a $2$ tip and wait for karma to ‘pay it back’ for them.
3. There is no such thing as tap water in Europe. A bottle of water will cost you between 3 to 5 dollars.
4. Everything from cars to serving sizes is down-sized in Europe; so whatever is called medium-size here is going to be perceived as super extra large in Europe.
5. European people don’t tend to say ‘hi’ to people who they haven’t personally met. Most likely, they will avoid any eye contact too.
6. Style is essential for any European, in fact people don’t even leave their houses to go to the grocery store if they don’t have the right socks on. European people love brands and wear them whenever possible. Dresses, skirts, and suits are considered to be casual wardrobe.
7. In Europe people don’t grind. They go to clubs to have a good time, not to look for sex partners. Stepping around the same spot with a champagne glass in one hand and a cigarette in the other is what European people refer to as dancing. However, many Americans might confuse them to be on drugs.
8. European people feel that they are the smartest in the world and will feel offended when encountering somebody superior. Instead of confessing to being wrong, they will fight you until the last second, and if they sense that there is no way out, they will immediately shift the conversation to make it seem as if they would have been agreeing with you all along.
9. A European person prefers to engage in conversations regarding topics that other in the group aren’t as familiar with. Art, religion, and education are the top 3 favorites.
10. Everybody smokes in Europe. Every outside section of every cafe has an ashtray. If you cough while passing them people will get offended and call you out.
11. Even texting in Europe is different. Unlike here, a smiley face is a sign of politeness and isn’t considered to be flirtatious.
12. Public bathrooms in Europe are completely secluded; the little gap in-between the doors is non-existent.
13. If you don’t speak at least three languages in Europe good luck finding a job; it’s not going to happen.
14. Most college students in Europe don’t have jobs. Also, they usually live either alone or with their parents for the majority perceives dorms to be a prison.
15. Bleeping out “%amp;*##” on radio and TV is not a thing in Europe. Then again, maybe people just don’t see a necessity to use them.
16. If a European person doesn’t like you, you’re going to know it right away. Europeans don’t usually bother to be polite unless they need something from you. People are generally straight- forward and therefore can be perceived as rude in America.
17. Alcohol is a part of the European culture. In most countries the drinking age is 18 and so is the driving age. Most people are done with their alcoholism careers by the time they are 18, so the 21st birthday is only a reminder that you’re getting older.