|a typical New England town common|
Reverse culture shock really exists…especially after 50 years in another country.
My recent visit to the States lasted 12 days and each day I discovered several reasons why I could no longer live there .
Here are a few things that bothered me …and a few positive things that I liked :
1. the absurdity of wooden poles to hold up heavy power lines, often cutting through magnificent trees
|chrysantemums were everywhere... in Italy it is a flower only for the dead|
|the autumn foilage was brilliant|
|painting expressing the fast pace of life|
2 the fast pace of life— suburban Americans are chained to their cars: there are drive thru (even the spelling is rushed!) lanes to pickup cardboard containers of horrible coffee and donuts.
Even banks and pharmacies are outfitted with drive thru lanes and windows. What is all the rush about? We felt weird being the only people walking along the sidewalk during the week, yet bike trails were crowded with bikers on weekends.
|the very busy drive thru lane at Dunkin Donuts|
3. the huge portions of food at restaurants, fried onion rings, bare tables with not a tablecloth in sight
4. the ever present air conditioning… the temperature of our hotel suite’s was Siberian each time we entered and the beds were equipped with down comforters…so it was either freeze or sweat. The windows opened only a crack.
|magnificent, but chilly, hotel lobby|
5.the tipping dilemma, how much and when to tip? to the waiter, the shuttle bus driver ? Being used to Italy’s family owned restaurants and services, made it difficult to figure out.
There were many positive discoveries too.
|historic homes open to public|
1. The lovely museums and historic homes that were open to the public, even if the Federal shutdown meant that major national parks and sites were closed
|at the Chelmsford historical museum|
|another private home open to visitors|
2. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston with its Gothic Room, the new wing and restaurant where we met curator Anne Marie Eze for lunch and exchange of books
3. Senior discounts were given by our hotel, the train to Boston and even Dunkin Donuts
|cub scouts near the hotel|
4. No sales tax in New Hampshire meant I saved on a lot on purchases at the Mall, including $35 tax off the purchase of an iPad (now I have to learn to use it )
|a violin serenade for 100 year old Aunt Mamie|
5. The joy of seeing family and participating in several marvelous festivities: the 100th birthday celebration of Aunt Mamie , the meet up with old family friends and the wild wedding weekend of my beautiful niece Shana.
|getting together with all my brothers and sisters|
|seeing the younger generation of the family ...|
|and visiting with 101 year old friend Eleanor and her daughters Val and Ellie|
Have you experienced culture shock when going back to the States?