There are so many things that tourists in our country love about America that I just never considered til I hosted some European friends for a few weeks. Some struck me as odd at first, but with a little explanation, they all make sense. Ready?
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1 Our Candy
... but not our chocolate. Twizzlers, Dots, Sour Patch Kids, and Swedish Fish are all faves.
2 Petrol Prices
While we're whining that gas is hovering around $3 a gallon, they'repaying a heck of a lot more - like, $10 a gallon. Also a bonus: we apparently have a lot more gas stations than most European countries.
3 Target Stores
I kind of hate Target (because somehow I always, always end up spending at least $100 there), but my friends love the place.
4 Free Restrooms
Most malls, stores, theaters, museums, restaurants and other public places have restrooms, and we tend to take them, and the fact that they're free here, for granted.
5 Unrelenting Friendliness
We Americans are pretty friendly, walking around with smiles on our faces, always ready to help a stranger find directions and to recommend a good restaurant. That's a plus!
6 American Sports
Baseball is a hit, but another surprising favorite is American football. Who knew?
7 Our Accents
Tourists especially adore southern accents, with extra points for funny expressions and Texas accents, in particular.
Again, something I kind of hate (lawn mowing, ugh!) but something most Europeans may not have - a front and/or back yard.
While most of my European friends have driven a small SUV at home, most are mystified and then enamored of minivans.
10 Huge Serving Sizes & Free Refills
Our "normal" serving sizes are about twice what my friends are used to - which may explain our ample waistlines? And high cholesterol?
If you've spent time in the U.S. as a tourist, what did you love? What surprised you?
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