Emma is out right now to a ballet rehearsal, so she has left me alone to make do. (That sounds more dramatic than it is: I have the lovely company of her family members, the cosy couch, and the sound of American sparrows coming from the trees behind the porch. All is well, and I have time to write a blog post, so there's no need to complain!)
For the ignorant: I am not American. I live in this little tiny patch called Belgium, and I am capable of writing English because I'm half-British as well as half-Belgian. For the even more ignorant: I am currently (LIKE NOW) visiting my American pen-pal (aka my dearest friend ever - we're two of the same kind, we are, and I love her enormously) and yep, it's the first time I've set foot into the realms and scopes of the USA. Many of you (wow, that sounds like I have this 100-million-members-fan-club out there) are wondering what I, the un-American European, think of the un-European America. Well, I thought I might just tell you in a blog post!
(PS Don't worry if you actually did not know those things. You're not that ignorant - you're just not a devoted, long-lasting follower. It's fine. It's okay. We're still friends.)
Do be aware that these might not count for the entire nation of USA, and that some of these might be bold in my mind because of Emma (*country music* *ahem*), but whatever, here are some things I've noticed so far about America!
The roads are wide.
If I lived in Britain (where the roads are like, what, 3 inches?) this would definitely be the first thing I'd notice. (And it was one of the first things I noticed. Told you I was half-British!) American roads tend to be stretched out width-wise as well as length-wise: houses and shops are scattered around lightly, and there is enough place for everything, because, after all, America is so huge and free. :-P
The houses are adorable!
People think this is a big fat joke when I say this: But the houses here ARE SO PRETTY. They're made out of wood; painted in cool colours, they have cute porches, steps leading up to the door, and some of them have shutters. It's just so adorable! Seriously, they all look like the house up there in the Pinterest picture. I've seen about ten houses so far that reminded me of Green Gables, and I've only been here for a week, so fact proven. (A week already! I KNOW.)
What's the big deal with trucks?
This is something I can't comprehend as much; Americans, I think, tend to like trucks. Or cars, in general. (Aaaaand I don't. Which is perfectly fine; I don't mind if they care about trucks, but I just don't quite get the big deal of them. I tend to agree with Mary Crawley on the matter of vehicles: They are simply objects to move us from one place to the next. :-P)
More churches - more Christians?
At least where Emma lives (won't give away quite where because else you guys would come storming in to stalk her in her adorable bedroom), I've seen so many Churches around. It makes me so happy to see a Church for every five roads or something. (Maybe that's slightly exaggerated, but I'm actually almost serious.) It makes me wonder if there are more Christians in America - the fact that radios have Christian messages in them, and the fact that I've seen an ad with a Christian message in it makes me think that is so. It makes me very happy, because sadly there's less of that where I live.
This one is probably because of Emma and her family, (I'm quite sure of it), but since I've been here, I've been listening to so much Country music! I'm not complaining: I actually love it. (Surpriiiise.) It's super American and it really brings me into Emma's world, so to speak. (Yes, some of the country songs out there are quite bad, but all in all Emma's influence on me has made me love Country music quite a lot.) (Also, she literally knows every single country song out there. Don't consider me her equal when it comes to Country Music, heheheh.)
I took that picture up there, and isn't it purty? Everyone is so proud of their country - flags deck the streets, and people hang American-flag buntings on their porches. I think it's cool. :-)
There are so many yard sales around here, and like, NONE where I live. I've seen many people displaying their old junk for people to buy in their front gardens, and I think it's really quite cute, although I don't think I'd actually buy anything in them (aside from books). I suppose that kind of shows that Americans are generally nicer and more open people than Europeans; they sell their stuff in their front gardens. (This is very random.)
IT IS SO COOL TO SEE AMISH PEOPLE HERE AND THERE GUYS. I spotted an Amish lady in a craft store when I went there with Emma the other day. And then there were these two Amish guys fixing the roof next to the field where Emma and I were planting beans. It is SUPER cool.
I could also talk about how food is generally more sugared and/or salted, and how there are SO MANY LIBRARIES around here (super jealous, by the way), but Emma is here and now and I must get on with this fun life of mine. Have a good day guys; you are good folks for taking the time to read this! Bye... <3