How America is #winning

If you missed yesterday’s post about how Europe is #winning, you can read that here.

Showers

It’s hard for me to describe in words just how lucky we are to live in America where showers function the way they do. Showers are no doubt my favorite part of the day. Some days I take two or three and they all last at least 15 minutes. It’s time to chill out, sing, dance, think, whatever. In Europe it is totally the opposite.

To start, some bathroom are so small (Paris) I’m literally standing over the toilet taking a shower so that’s awkward. Secondly, most showers we’ve encountered, we have had to hold the faucet over our heads- what’s up with that? I’m lazy and I want my faucet mounted on the wall. Plus, I get cold while I’m washing my hair and I hate being cold in the shower. Lastly, 75% of showers over here have no curtain so you’re just standing in a tub with the shower going but it’s splashing everywhere. By the time I finished it looks like I just opened up a hose on the bathroom.

Sports

I would say my favorite sport to watch is Football (the American kind), followed by Basketball, then Baseball, then Golf, then probably everything else just lumps into “I don’t care but I’ll watch it if it’s on the TV”. As you can tell, I’m not a fan of soccer, which has caused quite the problem here in Europe, where soccer is KING. The players flop all over the field, I’m not sitting here for 90+ minutes to watch a 0-0 tie and their haircuts all SUCK.

If you want to watch any other sports here it’s like watching the minor leagues. Oh you have a Spanish basketball league? Get outta here with that. Also people here wear American team’s jerseys because they think it’s cool, but don’t even know who the players are. Why?

Free Water

I never even realized this was a thing until I got here, but not offering a glass of water with your meal at a restaurant is an outrageous move. It’s not even that the water is undrinkable, it’s just not something they do here. If you want water you have to buy a bottle of water from the restaurant.  

At the crux of this craziness was Oktoberfest in Munich where they charged $5 for water. Not even a bottle of water, but tap water into a stein.

Airports

I already wrote about this in a previous post, but this has basically been the worst part of this trip for me. I hate hate hate the airports here. In the States I generally enjoy the airports. In fact I have no problem getting to the airport 2+ hours early, getting through security, having an overpriced meal, grabbing a beer and chatting it up with other travelers. It’s so different here. There are no actual restaurants inside the terminals at the airport other than little grab-&-go’s so once you’re through security, you just sit in your uncomfortable chair at your gate.

Beyond that, it’s the fact that once you’ve finally gotten through your gate you have to walk outside, board a bus and take that bus out to your plane. Then once you get off the plane everyone gets back onto another bus (you have to wait for everyone to disembark) which then takes you to the airport. We’ve decided not to fly anymore in Europe unless totally necessary.

Craft Beer

I’m a big fan of having an IPA or a Pale Ale when I’m out at dinner to try out different local breweries. Basically the only option in Europe (except for very rare occasions) is light beer. Everyone just sells a different variation of Bud Light. It isn’t good and it isn’t bad, it’s just basic beer that tastes like nothing to me.

I will give them credit however. They’re trying to get the whole “craft beer” thing going with a couple of places in each city boasting five or six taps of locally brewed beer, so I’m sure it’s coming but right now it’s a bleak selection. On the other hand, I’ve lost a couple of pounds in Europe and I’m pretty confident it’s because when I have a beer now its like 100 calories instead of 400. It’s a give and take World out there, folks.

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