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User currently offlineAirbus380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2335 times:

This is intended to be a friendly post. I just want to compare the pros and cons of being an American vs. a European.

Americans can drive at 16, while Europeans can drive at 18. But, Europeans can smoke weed legally. Smokin cool. I mean western in this, nothing like Albania, Yugoslavia, etc. Just add what you think.

Airbus380

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User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2231 times:

americans and europeans think that americans are annoying  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


Josh (the american)


User currently offlineNWAirlines From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2225 times:

This is intended to be a friendly post.

 Insane


User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2218 times:

well we can be friendly if we agree on something!

User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

Here's my list:

Europe is more public transportation friendly. Busses and metro systems are much more common (it is the nature of the size of the continent and the layout of cities). In America, a car is invaluable. For example, in Europe, you can get from the airport to the center of the city with either a shuttle bus, regular bus, or metro. Not so at many airports around the US.

Europe still has many services which are nationalized, which work WELL, i.e. health care and more appropriately for a.net airport security.

Some of the bureaucracy in Europe is hard to deal with, at least as an American. The processes in which things have to get done (like visas etc.) are circular vs. linear for the Americans.

Europeans pay much more attention to the quality of their lives. Work consumes Americans.

There are soooo many more. If I think of any, I'll post more.

p.s. It's not legal to smoke weed in France or is it??? That doesn't mean that it's not done though...  Innocent...right...



Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2208 times:

Europeans pay much more attention to the quality of their lives. Work consumes Americans.

This is supposed to be a friendly post!  Insane

just kidding  Wink/being sarcastic! they said that to me

Smile/happy/getting dizzySH


User currently offlineSjc>sfo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2205 times:

Being an American, I have to agree that our public transportation system in most cities is terrible. On the East coast, the rail and subway systems are actually pretty good, especially in New York.

But out here on the West Coast its pretty damn bad.

But why I like being an American:
- We have the most ingenius system of a Democratic-Republic system ever devised.

-Our country as a whole stands up for strong morals, and good deeds.

-I can't imagine living anywhere else.

anyway....
I've been to Europe.
It's not all that special, but without Europe, the U.S. would never have formed.

I would be interested to hear what British students are taught about the American revolution actually....


User currently offlineNWAirlines From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2201 times:

Lubcha132,

LOL Big grin That was a joke. Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineFlyBoeing From United States of America, joined May 2000, 866 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2189 times:

Europeans are much more group oriented than Americans. They have twice the population in half the space, so you can see why. That's why they have a much more "urban" culture, they have more pervasive government, and they have public transportation.

I hate public transportation. I've traveled in Europe using public transportation and I've traveled in the U.S using good old rental cars. I can tell you that the fact that they have public transportation means that your choices are tremendously hindered. You have to operate according to somebody else's schedule and when things shift you can't change things. You can't stay in a hotel far away from the city center and just drive in.

Sometimes their governments are more pragmatic than U.S governments; that's because their governments are designed to do things whereas the U.S government is designed to prevent anything from happening. We mistrust government and those European sheep meekly accept it.

In Europe you see a lot of "social democratic" governments where the government or the union essentially decides on all the characteristics of the way life ought to be lived. This often results in rather restricted but decent lives. Europeans have a government which enforces cultural norms - something that I as an American am deathly afraid of.

Americans prefer to do their own thing. Most Americans own their own homes whereas Europeans tend to rent. American entrepreneurialism is higher than European versions and we tend to switch jobs more often.

The American lifestyle results in a higher per capita GDP which is spread out more unevenly; the European lifestyle results in a lower per capita GDP which is spread out evenly. Also the Europeans have much higher unemployment and inflation due to the cost of all their social welfare programs.


User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2186 times:

sorry NWAirlines- my mind is not here at the moment no hard feelings  Big thumbs up

Smile/happy/getting dizzySH


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2168 times:

It seems they value the arts more. I believe you can get a Geography Degree their, not so in the USA. They also know more about history, which means they know more about themselves.



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User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2163 times:


PanAm, WTF? I'm going to get a degree in Geography. We have our own department and everything.  Smile

Back to topic:

In America, our beer, while perhaps not as good-tasting or quite as alcoholic as some good British or continental European beers, IS CHEAP. Cost per unit of alcohol is definately lower in the USA.


User currently offlineLeftseat86 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2161 times:

Hey man I love them both! Big grin
Flpuck6, abot weed, here you can't legally smoke it, but what's worse is ciggaretts!! Every kid over the age of 11 smokes! The cops don't even care!
Not something to be proud of...
Jeez and there's no laws concerning second hand smoke!?!?!! Like they've never heard of it or something...
I mis LA  Sad


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40014 posts, RR: 74
Reply 13, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2160 times:

I minored in Geography. Most US Universities offer Degrees in Geography.

Europe certainly focus more on quality of life, has better public transportation, better beer and are more aware of the world outside of there own.
America on the other hand has more land, better cars and that's about it.
I don't care for fast food, Pepsi, baseball, chain stores and Jerry Springer.

Any Dutch babes looking for an American man to take back home so I can be a Dutch citizen?! Big grin



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineWestern727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 751 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2153 times:



I'm not one really qualified to answer this. However, I would say that both have much to learn from each other. And I will leave it there.



Jack @ AUS
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40014 posts, RR: 74
Reply 15, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2151 times:

America gave the world the 747, 707, 727, L1011 and DC-10.

Europe gave the world the TU-144, Concorde, A340, VC-10, SUD Caravelle, IL-62, TU-154 and AN-225


All magnificent aircraft!  Smokin cool










Russia IS part of Europe, for my fellow American who are un-aware  Smile



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineHepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2147 times:

Wow, for once everyone has hit the nail directly on the head. I pretty agree with everything that's been said so far. Very true. Since moving to Vienna, I've seen all these differences, but have realized we're all pretty much the same people. We just do things differently.

User currently offlineFLY 8 From Austria, joined Dec 2000, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2132 times:

Hepkat thats correct. I stayed many times in the US and I really liked it. I can´t believe, Hepkat, that you like a city like Vienna. This city is horrible, specially in the winter time!
I live in the western part of Austria (the best), but I fly out of Vienna, so I drive about 5000 km per month between Innsbruck and Vienna!

Superfly, that with the cars was a joke? I mean the american cars in the 50´and 60´had all the luxury you can think of, but in the meantime things changed!

Here some differences:

You can drink alcohol legally at the age of 16 (but nobody cares if you start to drink earlyer)

Sart driving a car at the age of 18.

You drive some miles and suddenly you are in a different country with different language and different culture!

very good social system in Europe.


and much more differences, but wich are only very small, but on the first look very big!



yes i can handle that alone. - - -famous last words
User currently offlineMalina From Germany, joined Jul 2000, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2114 times:

Can't really say which I like better. Ultimately, I like living in Europe.
Speaking of "America", one should also make a difference between the US and Canada.
Personally, I find Canada more pleasant, maybe because it has more European influence (for example the French, however one thinks about Québec, but some places are as well more "British" than "American": Ottawa).
I also like the New England states.
However, coming back from the US or Canada, I find that Europeans could be a bit more polite.
On the other hand, maybe that is what makes the European charm?
We are a headstrong, ever critizing, sometimes downright cantankerous bunch, much more than the Americans. But I think that is just fine.
 Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineOH-LZA From Finland, joined Jun 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

But, Europeans can smoke weed legally.

It's only allowed in the Netherlands.

Zulu Alpha



User currently offlineFlyHigh@Tom From United Arab Emirates, joined Sep 2001, 398 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

Ok one thing i find Europe is better in is "TRAINS"...i guess in US air travel is more like catching a bus in a bus station!(well much has changed after 11Sep, but then things will bounce back Smile/happy/getting dizzy)

Cheers,
Thomas


User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2112 times:

Americans have much better sounding titles to their jobs, anything can be made to sound like a super-well-payed job Big grin


User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2105 times:

Also, in America is probably the only nation in the world where you can win a billion dollar lawsuit against a tabacco company for smoking yourself to some terminal illness.

 Smokin cool


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

Staffan...Care for a smoke?

User currently offlineAussiemite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

Europeans seem to pay more attention to lifestyle where as Americans work to live.

25 Eg777er : In my experience Americans are focused on quantity rather than quality. I.e. they won't pay more money for a smaller BMW - they'd rather buy a big For
26 Matt86 : "America on the other hand has more land, better cars and that's about it." I don't think that the US have better cars. European Ones are still the be
27 Avion : America has better cars?? U make me laugh!! TOm
28 B737-700 : Europeans are more interested in America than Americans are interested in Europe.
29 Aussiemite : Americans are only intrestred in another part of the world if there is money to be made.
30 Flpuck6 : Lefseat86, yes, I hated to be around all the cigarette smoke! I'm glad to know you haven't fallen into that! I agree with the fact that Americans pref
31 Heavymetal : Public transit, no question better in Europe. With that in mind, I think we're a little more obssessed with air quality over here in the States. Our c
32 Sin777er : Europeans: They are less friendly than Americans. Not as bossy as Americans. Better Cars. But some of them are not friendly at all! I actually know a
33 Airbus380 : Don't Europeans only wear shorts for athletic activities only?
34 Post contains images KRP : Most american males are circumsised most europeans are not. Which is best - is a matter of taste!
35 Sebolino : Americans think "America" is the greatest country, Europeans think Europe is the greatest continent. The difference is not slight.
36 PanAm747 : Sorry, I never realised you could get a degree in Geography.
37 Airportmanager : Germany has no speed limit in certain autobahns, and the best cars can be found there. Need for speed. I go for the European side.
38 Post contains images Leftseat86 : I think whats weird is the difference in liberties you can have between the two... Here you can play with crazy fire crackers that could blow a hole i
39 Flpuck6 : As for the shorts issue: I saw more and more French kids wearing shorts, more like the longer/baggier skater shorts. Adults would almost never dare we
40 Post contains images RoyalDutch : Ive got it the best...Im an American, and I live in Europe! Both Rock!
41 Post contains images Leftseat86 : Mee Too!
42 Post contains images RoyalDutch : In Europe, We can blow things up with huge firecrackers, ride rides at amusement parks trhat would never be leagal in the US due to safety concerns, w
43 Post contains images Flpuck6 : You can get Doritos in France . The flavors are a bit different as well as the names of the flavors. It's hard to find Milka chocolate in the US Can't
44 Post contains images Leftseat86 : My brother's 12 and he won a beebee gun at the local fair?!?!???! Yes there are Doritos here! RoyalDutch, I love that flying bonus!
45 Post contains images Klaus : Many (not all!) Americans believe America is superior to the rest of the world by definition. And as a precaution, they don´t risk to check for reali
46 Post contains images Cliffie : Americans are getting better news on TV. News as they should be
47 Post contains images Superfly : My comment on American cars was just my own personal preference. Most Americans don't think about wheather or not there car in American, European or J
48 Post contains images RoyalDutch : Superfly's commment has prompted me to brig up the car issue too....the best cars come from Germany (with the exception 0f Volvo, which is also an exc
49 Metwrench : America has the best trucks, no ifs, ands, or buts. You can smoke weed in Europe???? Even if you are in Aviation? God, what I wouldn't give to sit in
50 Post contains images Sebolino : I think one of the most visible cultural difference, is the Americans make everything big. It's like if everything was show-business. People on CNN us
51 Post contains images Petertenthije : OK, let's get this legalized drugs crap over. It is not legal in Europe, neither in Holland! However, before you cancel your holiday to Holland, conti
52 Sebolino : In France, the situation is a bit more complicated. Haschich is forbidden to smoke and to deal, and it's not tolerated (it will probably be in a few y
53 Lan_Fanatic : European cities are made in a "Human-Scale" American cities are made in a "Car-Scale" Lan_Fanatic Chile
54 NUair : Americans speak English and think they can speak Spanish or speak Spanish and think they can speak English. Europeans can speak English, Spanish and u
55 Post contains images Leftseat86 : That was good NUair.
56 Lehpron : My French teacher told us that a Burger King in France sells their burgers a price 6 times higher than here. That sucks. I heard from world news that
57 Leftseat86 : Over here, we don't eat at Burger King...
58 Heavymetal : Amen to that... Many Europeans see our fast food chains everywhere and figure that's the typical American diet. Nothing could be farther from the trut
59 Leftseat86 : La Salsa was pretty good for awhile too! I love Subway
60 Post contains images Ryanb741 : The UK likes to pretend it's not in Europe! In fact, given the chance many Brits would rather join in union with the US. The UK is far more similar to
61 Post contains images Leftseat86 : That last sentence was awesome!
62 Post contains images Leftseat86 : 499th post, here we go for 500!
63 Post contains images RoyalDutch : NUair- No bagels in France? Come to Prague in the good ol' CZ.....we have Bagels in gas stations, supermakets, and even Bagel Restaurants....the only
64 Post contains images Leftseat86 : Ahhhh A&W, you just made me remember!
65 Post contains images Il-96lover : Here in Germany a Whopper meal costs DEM 7.99 wich is less than $ 4.00. I don´t think it´s much more expensive in France. Just for information. But
66 Post contains images Ydelta : The euro will be officially introduced in about 2 months and 14 countries will have the same currency unit whose parity is now closer and closer to th
67 Flpuck6 : Ydelta's post made me think: What is considered the "country" in Europe is breathtaking, in my opinion.
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