I’ve Been Living in the USA for 5 Years and Here Are Things I Still Can’t Get Used To


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My name is Karina and I’ve been living in the USA for almost 5 years. For some people, it might be a long time, for others — a short one. I have lived the biggest part of my life in Saint Petersburg, Russia. We came to the USA because my husband, an engineer, was transferred to work in Seattle. Of course, it wasn’t until I moved that I realized that the USA is a country that has people with different cultures and mentalities than my own. I really love some things in this country, but some other things will always be a bit strange for me.

 

  1. 1 Waking up for work at 5 a.m.


    Once, an American woman told me, “I don’t even know why we have to do it.” I laughed at this a lot because until that day, I thought that all Americans went to work at 6-7 a.m. because they wanted to. Turns out, I was wrong. However, many people like this schedule and start their workday at 6 a.m. to get off by 2 p.m. They can do other stuff after work — some volunteer, others have kids, etc.


  2. 2 Putting their feet on tables, chairs, and other things not meant for that


    Don’t get surprised if you go to the movies in the USA and find someone’s feet next to your head. This is probably the only thing that really annoys me. When I was working in an art school, we used to have lunch at one round table. And once when I arrived for lunch, there were 2 other teachers having a nice conversation with their legs on the table. How is that possible? I thought. We eat there! And I have a plethora of examples of similar situations like these.


  3. 3 Giving firm handshakes


    A firm handshake in the USA says a lot about your self-confidence and reliability. At first, I couldn’t understand why they hold my hand so tightly when greeting me. Later I asked my local friends about it. Still, despite the fact that I know the reason, I have to remind myself to do it whenever I attend official meetings, “Karina, give a firm handshake.”


  4. 4 Wearing the same shoes both at home and on the street


    Many Americans don’t take off their street shoes when they get home. Very often, if they invite guests to their place, the guests also wear their street shoes in someone else’s house. When visiting us, our American friends always play jokes on us every time I remind them that they should leave their sneakers in the hall.


  5. 5 Dressing out of season


    It’s exceptionally hard to figure out what time it is when strolling along the avenues of Seattle. You can see individuals wearing sewed caps and warm coats in the mid year and shorts with open shoes — in the winter. It’s really strange — you could be strolling in flip-tumbles and shorts when the temperature is underneath zero and nobody will allow it a second look.

  6. 6 It’s exceptionally hard to figure out what time it is when strolling along the avenues of Seattle. You can see individuals wearing sewed caps and warm coats in the mid year and shorts with open shoes — in the winter. It’s really strange — you could be strolling in flip-tumbles and shorts when the temperature is underneath zero and nobody will allow it a second look.


    It’s exceptionally hard to figure out what time it is when strolling along the avenues of Seattle. You can see individuals wearing sewed caps and warm coats in the mid year and shorts with open shoes — in the winter. It’s really strange — you could be strolling in flip-tumbles and shorts when the temperature is underneath zero and nobody will allow it a second look.

  7. 7 Introducing a shower directly into the divider


    It’s hard to discover a shower with a hose in the USA. Regularly, a shower head is introduced straightforwardly into the divider. Everything you can do is to marginally control the situation of the shower. I figured out how to become accustomed to the possibility that I can’t take it from the divider so as to wash however despite everything I couldn’t make sense of how I would wash the bath or give lodge it. Additionally, in the event that you have pets who should be showered, that turns into a daunting struggle.

  8. 8 Dozing on extremely tall beds


    In the event that you ever visit a furnishings store in the USA, you will discover staggeringly tall beds there. They help me to remember the fantasy beds where princesses rest. More often than not, these beds comprise of a casing secured with the material called a container spring (which resembles another bedding) and afterward over that goes the sleeping pad itself. These beds are found frequently both in homes and in lodgings.

  9. 9 Drinking faucet water


    Most Americans don’t hesitate to drink tap water. At first, I couldn’t trust that their faucet water was so unadulterated. Subsequent to perusing the measurements, I discovered that the year we moved to Washington State, the faucet water was completely appropriate for drinking. Today, the factual information is much more awful however that doesn’t stop neighborhood individuals. Coincidentally, state specialists additionally add fluoride to the faucet water with the goal that it reinforces tooth polish. Be that as it may, I was never ready to become accustomed to it — I am as yet drinking filtered water, which costs $5 for 50 bottles.

  10. 10 Covering the floors in the house with cover from baseboard to baseboard


    In addition to the fact that they cover the floors, they cover the stairs. The cover that covers the floor goes from one baseboard to the next one and is tucked under it. In this way, one can’t dispose of the cover without un-introducing the baseboards. At first, I believed that it was an approach to not spend much cash on parquet, but rather for reasons unknown, Americans truly love this sort of covering. Indeed, even houses that cost $1 million frequently have floor coverings tucked into their baseboards.

  11. 11 Purchasing everything at a bargain


    We as a whole love enormous limits, however Americans assume first position. There are such a large number of various limits, arrangements, deals, and extra projects that an American individual will dependably sit tight for the beginning of an arrangement before they make a buy. What’s more, this doesn’t simply identify with enormous buys. I get a huge measure of coupons from laundries, solariums, and item shops. “The shopping extravaganza following Thanksgiving” is an extraordinary thing — individuals truly hold up medium-term at the passages to a few shops to get great arrangements.

  12. 12 Returning buys to the store


    The client is in every case right. I don’t realize how nearby individuals figured out how to complete things along these lines, however frequently, I feel frustrated about shop proprietors who need to reclaim the sold products. What’s more, those products can be anything — utilized cell phones, worn garments, and even incomplete nourishment.

    That is the finish of my rundown of things that still amazement me in the USA. In any case, I realize that the best thought is to attempt to identify with everything with intrigue, regardless of whether you don’t comprehend it at first.


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