Sydney posted this link http://www.buzzfeed.com/lucyh3/35-things-you-appreciate-about-america-after-livin-147h on my facebook wall today and I have decided to dedicate a blog post to answer each one of these things.
1. Convenience Stores
-Actually, most of the little markets in small towns work as convenience stores. These small stores are the only places that exist so I buy my meat, milk, and superglue all in one place.
2. Diet Soda
-My favorite soft drink is Diet Coke. I want my Diet Coke back. None of this “light” stuff.
-It’s not so much the ice but the quantity. People usually have ice but if they give you some it’s a cube or two. That just isn’t enough.
4. Ice Coffee
-I don’t like coffee.
5. Online Streaming
-You obviously don’t know how technologically savvy Romania is. This has not been a problem. I can list you 4 sites that rival hulu off the top of my head.
6. Driving a car
-OMG I CAN’T FREAKING WAIT TO BE ABLE TO GO PLACES WHEN I WANT WITHOUT HAVING TO TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT OR HITCH!
-I’ve had it twice here. Not nearly as good and really expensive.
8. Electrical Outlets
-I’m happy that i won’t have to use adapters for 2 whole months and constantly have to switch adapters to various electronics.
9. Outlet Shopping.
-Ugh. I don’t want to think of how much of a headache that will be.
10. 24 hour drive-thru
-White Castle. That is all I have to say about that.
-Has not been a problem. I have faster inet here than I had in the states. I’ll miss it.
12. Free bathrooms
-I don’t mind paying 1 leu for the bathroom if it is kept up but when I have to pay 1leu to piss in a hole in the ground with a door that smells like the inside of a sewage plant, I get annoyed.
13. Peanut butter
-I’m not a huge PB fan but not being able to have something makes you want it therefore I liked PB here. It was rarely available in the big supermarkets and really expensive. Like 5 dollars for a small jar.
14. Solo Cups
-The plastic cups here are the tiny little ones that are the size of the bathroom cups you use to rinse.
15. Personal Space
-I was huge on personal space before I left. This has probably changed the most about me. I love to hug and just have physical contact with people when I talk to them. Be it a hand on an arm, a handshake, whatever. I enjoy the lack of personal space more than I don’t.
16. Law&Order Marathons
-It’ll be nice to watch tv on a TV and not on a laptop.
17. No Smoking Zones
-OMFG I CAN’T WAIT TO GO OUT AND BE ABLE TO BREATH!
-nom, nom, nom. For one person it’s about 60 lei which is hella expensive on an 800 lei salary.
-I’ll miss most of football season 😦
20. American Brand Candy
-The only one i miss is reeses.
21. State to State cellphone coverage.
-I’m in the middle of the mountains and have awesome coverage and internet all for about 10 dollars a month. Romania wins.
22. Swim Trunks
-It’s mainly the older generations that wear speedos.
23. Free refills
-I have paid so much for water at restaurants these past two years it’s ridiculous.
24. American Holidays
-I’ll be home for 4th of July. That’s it. 😦
-I love ketchup. Heinz Ketchup. I don’t like European ketchup and I can only get Heinz in the big cities.
26. Household appliances
-One word. DRYER!
27. Separate Checks
-It hasn’t been too bad. My budgeting/accountancy skills shave sharpened these past two years.
-These aren’t the issue. Maple Syrup is the issue. 33 lei ($10) for 300ml is highway robbery.
29. Air Conditioning
-My apartment is on the cold side. I have gotten used to the heat and sweating. It’s just a part of life. I’m interested to see how my lungs will react to A/C.
30. Drinking fountains
-We have one at school. It is used frequently but it scares me.
31. Food Delivery.
-Available in the big cities. Here you have to call the restaurant then call a cab to go pick it up for you if you really want it.
32. Screened Windows
-I have one screened window in my apartment that I made myself using my mosquito net. It hasn’t been fun.
33. Store hours
– I actually like this. You see more people enjoying themselves and having more time to relax.
-I found one once, in a train station in Switzerland.