Flpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2534 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... ...right...
FlyBoeing From United States of America, joined May 2000, 866 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2508 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.
Leftseat86 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2480 times:
Hey man I love them both!
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
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 13, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2479 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?!
Hepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2466 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.
FLY 8 From Austria, joined Dec 2000, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2451 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
Malina From Germany, joined Jul 2000, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2433 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.