What is life like in the USA compared to Germany?

In the beginning, as in any other country, there is a culture shock.A lot of things seem like straight out of GTA. This shock basically lasts 3-6 months. I even know some that took 20 years.

Now to the comparison, that is somewhat problematic because: Germany is a country.The United States is more the size of a continent. Most common mistake, one underestimates the size.

That means if there is something here there is space, a lot of space.That is why everything here is further and bigger. You just build in the width and fill the land with infrastructure. However, there are states where 95% of the population is spread over 2-3 cities (e.g. Nevada), the rest is hardly inhabited. The result is that there are great distances to be overcome everywhere. A trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, for example, is like from Hamburg to Munich.

To go to another state it sometimes takes several days, so there are many simple motels and restaurants.It is also very popular to fly. Public transport and trains are rather poorcompared to Germany.The states are quite different. While in New Mexico or Arizona you are quickly the only one on the highway, in California there are more cars than people, which leads to constantly rolling tin avalanches. People’s mentality and behavior vary by state. Texans or Californians are very different types of characters.

To illustrate the size: Here in the picture you can see a part(!) of Albuquerque (which many know from Breaking Bad) with a population of 500,000, which is one of the rather medium-sized cities.

The US is exposed to completely different natural hardships than is customary in Germany.

Great heat and cold, drought, sand and cyclones, earthquakes, etc. This means keeping the infrastructure in tune with this size is much more difficult. In addition, the quality of the infrastructure is lower than in Germany. Roads can therefore look like this quickly: (Okay, this is now an extreme example)

You can understand very quickly why people here are driving SUVs and pickups.

If you also live in the country and only go shopping twice a month (due to the distance), it becomes clear why it is all available here in large portions, if necessary. Many things are used until they literally fall apart. I have rarely seen such old mobile phones, notebooks or cars.

The Americans, unlike Germans, are not stubborn (stubborn) as cyclists or pedestrians are often given priority and if overtaken, then with a lot of distance on another lane.Many things are negotiable.
There is a certain (attached) kindness but rather when it is about business or business.customer service goes. Criticism is also often not direct, as one also knows it in Germany, but sugarcoated.If you criticize someone directly, it’s quickly perceived as rude. The willingness to help is better in that if something can be done right away, it is done, you rarely need an appointment.

Freedom is not just a hollow phrase, it is actually lived.I mean all kinds of freedom here. Personal, professional and business freedom. If something is forbidden in the USA, then it is explicitly stated, otherwise it is generally allowed. The US is also much more diverse, whether it’s education, studying, what people eat or dress, mentalities or views. Germany, on the other hand, seems almost uniform to me, too.

This also correlates with the mentality that one should only take care of one’s own things and let other people live as they like.For example, if you can do dreadlocks well, you open a shop here and offer this service. In Germany, you first need a master’s certificate (i.e. vocational training) and permits.
In other words, the citizens have more maturity, that is, the capacity for self-determination and personal responsibility.However, this great degree of maturity, combined with the economic system and diversity, is both a curse and a blessing. The risk of getting into debt, losing everything and becoming homeless is therefore also much greater.

Just as Europe is approaching the US, so is the other way around.On the highways there is right driving bid (keepright except to pass).The Whole Foods supermarkets (Sprouts, Smiths, etc.) are very European-style. (Btw. Yes, there are firearms to buy at Walmart, but that’s because Walmart has a sports department and you can buy hunting and sports guns there. Just like camping and fishing equipment.)

Minimum wage and the right to initial medical treatment (even without health insurance) is available.Also the food is quite good, you can eat very healthy. But as is the case with maturity, one can also eat very poorly, the complete spectrum is open. These things are often misrepresented in Germany.

Hardly anyone adheres to the speed limit.

When 65 mph is on the interstate, more than 90% drive mostly 75 mph. In California, it’s 20 mph more. Probably because the Reckless Driving is only valid from 100 mph. [1 Does the State Police somehow not seem to be really punishing speeding?Before school zones, however, you should stick to it very carefully.

In small towns/municipalities (often [something park) the tap water is very similar to the German, very natural.In the big cities, larger amounts of chlorine usually have to be added (also has something to do with the long distances and therefore the length of the water pipes). That’s why there are drinking fountainseverywhere, these water dispensers that have built-in filters and in restaurants water is always free.With credit card you can pay almost anywhere, even the parking meter. There is a kind of waste separation light in the form of trash and recycle.The measurement systems use both, a mix of English and metric. But you get used to it.

Crime, poverty and wealth, cleanliness or dirt tend to focus on specific areas in cities.The cities are therefore very ambivalent, on the one hand very beautiful and very ugly areas in the same city. They are mostly Democratic and rural regions Republican (even if there are more games)

Also and… WhatsApp uses almost no one, they have here something crazy that calls SMS.

Footnotes

[1 State Traffic and Speed Laws

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