10 things about the USA you should know
The sidewalks are empty!
When we are in California, we like to go for a walk with our little grandson. We noticed that the sidewalks are empty everywhere, you meet at most a dog owner, who turns a round with his dog. Worse is it in residential areas of Beverly Hills. As we walked through the streets we were looked at by some drivers very strange. We felt like we were doing something forbidden.
Without a car, nothing happens in the USA!
Everyday stuff is all done by car in the US. Also, if it's just a stone's throw to the nearest supermarket or bank, you can do it all by car.
There is a drive thru for almost everything, so you do not have to leave the car. Whether it's bank money, eating at fast food chains such as In and Out or Starbucks, there are car switches everywhere.
Pass the traffic jam on the Carpool lane
On highways of the United States, for example, in Los Angeles, you will find an extra track on the extreme left, the Carpool Lane. By now we know that this lane may only be used by cars with at least two passengers. It is worthwhile to use this lane in traffic jams, because it is usually free, because the Americans almost always sit alone in the car.
American toilets work differently!
American toilets work on a different system. The toilet bowl is always at least half filled with water. Due to the amount of water, the odor is lower, the leftovers are immediately largely surrounded by water and disposed of without sanding marks. That is why you will find in the US rarely a disgusting, contaminated with bacteria toilet brush, since the water vortex cleans the toilet.
Shopping yourself pack a no go!
We go shopping almost every day when we visit our family. In Germany, I am used to packing everything immediately into a bag or a basket, but I gave that up after a few attempts in the USA. Almost always an employee of the supermarket is directly behind the cash register and does this job. I used to go shopping with my grandson in the supermarket and had a lot of shopping, because I was driven by this friendly helper the cart to the car. But not only that, he also stowed the bags in the car and took the shopping cart back with him.
Winter boots in hot temperatures!
We've noticed very often in California that many winter boots wear, but not only in winter as some may now think. We were sweating at about 30 degrees in October through the Citadell Outlet and were happy about every spot in the shade. Not so many Californians who went shopping with cuddly winter boots.
With pajamas on the plane!
When we arrived at the airport in Los Angeles, we did not believe our eyes. There were really people in pajamas on baggage claim and waited for their luggage. Of course, I immediately asked my son, who picked us up from the airport. He explained that even the celebrities travel on long flights in their pajamas because it is more comfortable on the plane than conventional clothing. Since I had to agree with him, it was quite uncomfortable with my jeans. In the meantime, I fly in a jogging suit and then I prefer the pajamas.
Doggy bags in restaurants!
In American restaurants, it is common to have everything you do not eat up and take with you. Simply leaving it would be an insult because it would mean the food did not taste good. So you ask for a so-called doggy bag which is gladly provided by the staff and takes it home.
Refill, refill as often as you want!
Most American restaurants have water for free to drink. If you order a soft drink, the waiters fill it as soon as the cup is only half full again immediately or you will immediately get a complete new drink. This can happen several times during a longer evening and it is called Refill. In fast food restaurants there is also that there you fill your cup just as often as you want.
Alcohol in brown bags!
Drinking in public is banned in many states in the United States, and alcohol is not often seen in this country. Already when shopping in the supermarket, the purchased bottle of whiskey was packed in a brown paper bag, because alcohol in California has to be sold in paper bags. Many USA visitors may have already seen the beer drunk from this brown paper bag. This is an attempt to hide the fact that you drink alcohol in public.
There are still many things about the US that are worth knowing, more about that in another report.