8 things we hate about America
UPDATE 2017: The post was written 4 years ago. In the past, we felt very emotional about the United States. We had really high expectations, we thought this country is the best in the entire world. Now we see that the US is like any other place. It has some good and some bad sides. We want to come back to America and give it another try. Right now, there’s nothing we ‘hate’ about it, after talking with many people we see that this post is a little bit too harsh. We’ve changed our opinion but we decided to not delete this post. It’s just a part of our history. Hopefully, we will publish a post about the things we LOVE about United States very soon!
There are so many things we hate about America ! We spent only 3 weeks in this country and we have very mixed feelings about it. There are many awesome places in US and people were friendly. But there were also some things we didn’t like!
1. Net prices– things we hate about America
That’s the thing we hate the most. Why every price you see is without taxes? It just drived us crazy every time we bought something. We like to count our money and know how much we will pay. In USA it’s just impossible and we felt like somebody make a fool out of us.
2. High prices– things we hate about America
Yes, USA is expensive. Everything just cost too much. $2 for bottle of water? Come on, it’s not worth it!
Dinner for $10? In Asia you can eat delicious dinner for $2…
We felt really bad spending money on disgusting American food. Same thing with hotels. The cheapest room for two costs $70 (without taxes). In Poland, for this money, you can sleep in 4 or 5-star hotel.
3. Public transport difficult to use– things we hate about America
The worst public transport EVER is in Washington. It’s extremely difficult to use, more about it you can read here.
Most Americans travel by car, so they don’t need to use public transport. When we were in USA, we forgot to take our driving licenses, so we couldn’t even rent a car. That’s why traveled only by buses, metro, trains etc.
Public transport was really difficult to use in U.S., especially in big cities.
4. Terrible food– things we hate about America
Everybody knows American food is not good. But we didn’t expect it is THAT bad. Almost everything you eat is fat and sweet. It’s difficult to find something healthy. When we were in U.S., we were dreaming about fruits and vegetables…
Famous American burger is just disgusting. We ate it few times and we didn’t like it. Bun was sweet, meat was fake and vegetables were tasteless.
5. Booking in advance– things we hate about America
It was really annoying that most museums need to be booked in advanced. You can’t be spontaneous in America and just go somewhere without making a reservation.
That’s why we couldn’t go to Pentagon when we were in Washington…
6. Measuring and weighing the luggage– things we hate about America
Americans are really accurate when it comes to the luggage. It can’t be bigger or heavier when it’s in company policy. That was really irritating because we had 2 bags: one big and one small.
Altogether, the measure and weight of luggage per person was OK. But in the bus or plane they wanted us to re-pack everything, so that every suitcase has a right measure.
It was ridiculous for us because we are travelling together! Doesn’t matter if one bag is heavier and the other lighter. The most important is that weight of luggage per person was correct…
7. No groceries– things we hate about America
We missed 7-eleven and other groceries so much! There aren’t any small shops in U.S. All you can find are huge markets.
When we are travelling, we like to buy a banana, an apple or yogurt for a supper. Or just buy something cold to drink. In America, it’s almost impossible to find grocery for small shopping.
We didn’t have a car, so we had to go to a shop by bus. It was time-consuming, irritating and fatiguing.
8. Omnipresent control– things we hate about America
WHY Americans think everybody is terrorist? They are searching all your bags and pockets. Sometimes you can’t even bring a water to a museum (f.e. to Ellis Island in NYC).
That’s just funny. In our opinion, if somebody wants to take a bomb with him, he’ll do it anyway. He’ll find a way. This kind of control is ridiculous and really annoying.