A while back we wrote a post on what foreigners are surprised by when they visit America. Here’s the flip side: what Americans are surprised by when they visit Europe. Any time you travel to a foreign country, there are bound to be some notable and subtle differences between home and away. That’s part and parcel of the adventure. A recent survey on Reddit asked Americans, “What was the biggest culture shock when you visited Europe?” Here are some of the resulting observations of American tourists abroad.
1. Beer in McDonalds!
“Beer and other alcohols in places I wouldn’t expect to find them. I was quite surprised to be able to have a beer at a museum; I’m used to the intellectual set pretending to not want anything to do with alcohol. It was like I was actually in a land made for adults instead of children.”
2. Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better
“Normal-sized bodies. Very few jacked body-builders, very few morbidly obese people. They just have generally lean, healthy physiques.”