I have learned to appreciate many things about America that we do not have over here, One being wifi and 3G readily available and at your disposal. It was nice not to have to worry about international fees and have the internet at your fingertips. Not having internet has taught me to be less technology dependent. I've learned that it is okay to ask for directions and use a paper map instead of the Maps app on my iPhone. Also, not having constant contact with those back home is okay. It is nice to be in a foreign country and just enjoy the scenery. People watch. Focus on the present, here and now.
I also appreciate America's connivence. Stores are open 24/7 and have a wide variety of every product. The options of food at restaurants here is minuscule compared to any restaurant at home. Here there is 1 maybe two pages of choices while in America you can spend hours looking through a menu. (I probably shouldn't say this- it only perpetuates the stereotype that all Americans are overweight)
I recognize the worth of the strict schooling system in America. Here, students seem to take their education as an option and not as a priority. People skip class, talk while the tutor is giving the lesson and do not focus on the presentation. (This is obviously a generalization as not all students are this way.) In America, college is not even an option for many people, it is a must. Professors at home are much more respected and looked up to, which I think suits their profession.
Even though it can be time consuming and frustrating, I appreciate America's safety and security. Airport security is much less strict and police officers carry pepper spray instead of guns. It can be a hassle in America going through so many security precautions, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
With that being said, there are SO MANY things I am going to miss about Europe!
1. Trains: the rail systems in Europe are amazing. You can take a train nearly anywhere, at any time, for a very low price. I was worried about not having a car over here (I've had a car since I was 16 and I'm way too overly dependent on it) but taking a train is so much nicer! You can relax and get to your destination quickly and safely.
2. Budget Airlines: Ryanair and Easyjet are a lifesaver! You can get tickets for less an 20pounds to some places in Europe. This is absolutely unheard of if you were flying through America. It has made traveling while in Europe affordable and possible.
3. Sales Tax: There is none! What you see on the price tag is what you will pay.
4. How appreciative everyone is of a bright and sunny day. I know I take that for granted in America.
5. Proximity: Towns are designed so that you can walk everywhere. There isn't even the need for a car in many places because you can walk to the grocery store or clothing stores to get everything you need. It is so nice to take a walk into town and just appreciate the scenery and atmosphere.
6. A great English breakfast complete with eggs, sausage, toast, mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon, beans and more!
Thought I would throw in some fun pictures of my adventures lately
About 20 of us dressed up as Gatsby theme for a night out
Guiness Factory Tour in Dublin
The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. Definitly the most beautiful place I've ever been