How’s life in America?
I’m back to the States after 9 years of absence, and it feels good!
MacDonalds, Burger King, junk food, big cars, over spending, plastic surgeries, obesity, Hollywood, Pop music… there are so many stereotypes and misconceptions out there when Europeans think about the US.
I’ve lived here for a couple of years in the past and if you ask me how is life in the US, I would have to give you a long, long answer. This is because this country is so big and diverse, there’s no such think as one way of living. There’s no such think as the typical American, because Americans come from all walks of life, have different backgrounds, ethnicities, different ethic and political points of view, different ways of living…. The image certain movies project are not always reflecting the truth.
I won’t be able to talk much about mainstream America, since I’ve lived with a very progressive, very alternative family in Pennsylvania when I was 19. They don’t drink coca cola or Pepsi neither do they eat burgers. They drink kombucha, eat broccoli and red peppers, live a healthy life, are extremely open minded, simple and humble.
I’ve lived in a hippie community in Virginia as well, and I can tell you there was nothing mainstream in there! So, i got to know the real America, but my real America might be different from your real america. One thing I know for sure, is that Americans are, in my opinion the friendliest people I’ve ever met. My experiences here have always been so positive, I keep coming back for more. This is my forth time here and my time has just begun.
When I was 18, I became an Au-pair and came to the US for a year. The little girl I took care of is now a beautiful young adult and a mother of the cutest kid in the world. So here I am, to meet the second generation of my previous host family.
Today we went to a cheer leading competition, what a nice way to start this American series on my blog. Yes, Danielle, was a cheerleading coach for a special needs group of kids, and this was her last time coaching them, so we drove down to Philadelphia for the event.
Every time I return, I feel I’m home. It’s always a nice feeling to meet everyone again… and realize how all those kids are now adults. Some of them have kids now as well.
During this trip however, I will explore more of the US, visiting New York and it’s alternative side, the graffiti art in Brooklyn, explore the first capital of the USA – Philadelphia, and the amazing diversity of ethnic foods throughout a few american cities, from the Amish Markets, to the Italian festivals.
So stay tuned for more!