When you live in the US and decide to go out for dinner, the busiest times will typically be between 6-8 PM, with the most people arriving/eating around 6:30-7. But in other parts of the world, this is seen as way too early to sit down to eat. In a lot of countries, it’s more common to eat between 8-10 PM.
In a lot of South America, the earliest time people will gather to eat is 8 PM, and in Argentina, it’s more like 9-10.
Student Loan Debt
This is a huge crack in the system of American society and a major problem, that so many people are in massive amounts of debt (over $100,000,) just because they wanted to better themselves and earn a higher education. In other countries, higher education is given to citizens, no questions asked.
Take Denmark, for instance, who offers free tuition and is repeatedly named as one of the best countries to live in on numerous lists, and the one whose people are happiest.
Trick or Treating
Trick or treating is definitely an American thing. And, while it was one of my favorite Halloween activities growing up, I can see why others consider it strange for random children to run all over neighborhoods and approach stranger’s doors to ask them for candy.
It’s pretty creepy actually, and can even be quite dangerous.
All Work, No Play
Well, it’s no wonder with a broken healthcare and student loan system that people find themselves working a crazy number of hours with very little time off each year. In fact, the US is the most overworked nation in the world and the only country in the Americas with no parental leave benefits.
Meanwhile, 134 other countries have laws that cap the maximum number of hours worked per week – the US is not one of them.
There is a large air of phoniness around a lot of relationships in the US. And, along with them, there is a lot of beating around the bush when it comes to interactions. People seem to have a hard time expressing their feelings, which can result in quite a lot of tension and lots of cold shoulders.
Unfortunately, it also leaves a lot of problems unresolved, when they could have been fixed had someone just said something directly, to begin with.