Today’s a big day for America. The world stops and waits to see what America does on election day. Though I’m not an overly political person, I can quite happily say I think America chose well on this occasion.
With all this talk of elections, my thought drift to why it is we love America so much. Here are five reasons why America is the best!
America is so big and the states so diverse. Each state truly feels like a different country. People look different, the landscape looks different and the food tastes different. Roads are good and cities aren’t too far apart which makes it perfect for roadtripping. I love spotting license plates from faraway states and imagining the journey the vehicle and it’s passengers took – the best one was an Alaska plate in a Vegas parking lot!
Technology is big in America. Everyone has the latest phone, tablet or e-reader – Americans are early adopters. Technology actually works in the US. Our on our South Western Road Trip, our TomTom could tell us the way to the nearest gas station, hotel, restaurant or tourist attraction virtually eliminating the need for a guidebook. Internet is fast, Wi-Fi is ever present and almost always free. Phones are 4G and lightening quick.
There are a lot of things wrong with the state of food in America – giant sodas, high fructose corn syrup and soy in everything, long lists of ingredients in what should be the simplest of recipes. However, there are a few things America does really well. Burgers in the USA top those anywhere else! Mexican food, South Western Food and Tex-Mex rock my world. It’s something we Kiwis haven’t quite got right. While fast food may be king, healthy options can be found and the variety on offer in stores like Wholefoods will blow your mind. Grocery and restaurant meals are cheap when compared to New Zealand or Australia and kids are welcomed and well-catered for at almost every restaurant.
Now is the perfect time for Kiwis and Aussies to head stateside. The US dollar is cheap to buy and goes a long way once you’re in country. Electronic goods, clothes, books, food – you name it, it’s all cheaper in America. The only thing I don’t dig is tipping and adding tax on top of purchase prices. I can never work out how much anything actually is!
The best thing about America is the people. This is the land of the free and the home of the extroverts! Say what you will about Americans abroad, in their home environment, Americans are positive, friendly and engaging. We’ve never encountered so much random chit-chat on buses, in queues, in stores or at restaurants. Everyone is interested in who we are, what we’re doing and what we think about their country. The service culture is outstanding and no request ever seems to much trouble.
We’re busting to get back to the good ol’ US of A. So much so that we’ve applied for the Greencard lottery in the hope that we can spend more than just 90 days a year enjoying everything that America and it’s people has to offer.