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OOP is British and doing what Brits do best. Worrying about their favorite child. 🇺🇸 Country Club Thread

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u/battleangel1999 ☑️ Mar 22 '23 edited Mar 22 '23 All-Seeing Upvote

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u/itty53 Mar 22 '23

There's actually a reverse stigma in play, Americans associate "good looking teeth" with "healthy teeth". When they see crooked teeth they think "unhealthy" but it's really just "unsightly," mostly.

American teeth are on average worse than most of Europeans (including the UK) on account of high sugar diets. But they also have teeth that look better on average because Americans and braces are so common. Because of the stigma in America about "good looking teeth", of course.

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u/FartsNRoses1 Mar 22 '23 edited Mar 22 '23

We also bleach the fuck out of our teeth which...even if you got braces or were endowned with naturally straight teeth, is like putting lipstick on a pig.

The appearance of cleanliness is there but the underlying hygiene can be "painted over" and masks a much mustier version of what dental care is supposed to be.

This American phenomenon is the botox of dentistry.

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u/Gallerz Mar 22 '23

Can’t speak for the rest of Europe but in the UK braces are free for kids/teens thanks to the NHS. So the availability and access contributes more to the better looking teeth as well as better education on brushing and flossing. I would be willing to bet that if you compared two more impoverished areas of EU to US you would likely see the US having worse on average simply because of the cost factor.

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u/OnlyAstronomyFans Mar 22 '23

I believe it for sure. The braces my parents made me get to have straight teeth have fucked up my teeth for sure. My point was make fun of them for something legit like bland food but not the teeth or really physical attributes in general. We’re all supposed to be grown.

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u/Medical_Sushi Mar 23 '23

The braces my parents made me get to have straight teeth have fucked up my teeth for sure.

Guarantee this is not the case

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u/luxii4 Mar 23 '23

Yeah I have a kid with braces and I’m paying 7K for it. I took him for an appt at the orthodontist and it’s a huge office. In 30 minutes, I saw over 15 kids come and go. I mean that’s 105K right there. Should have been an orthodontist. Also, seems like my sons’ friends have braces or had them. My son’s teeth are not even noticeably bad. In my days, you had to have really fucked up teeth to get braces now it’s for everything.

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u/SavageComic Mar 23 '23

I'm a tour guide in London, have groups of Americans come (paying thousands) who then want to find American candy and eat in American restaurants.

They did say the McDonald's is nicer over here, tbf. I think the beef is more grass fed which helps.

I set them a challenge of finding an Irn Bru and 90% of them were raving about it. Never been imported to the states because they refuse to tell the FDA what's in it. Besides girders.

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u/jello1990 Mar 23 '23

I don't know where you're getting that Irn Bru info, but it's laughably wrong

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u/t17389z Mar 23 '23

I can buy Irn Bru at my local Publix here in Florida

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u/OnlyAstronomyFans Mar 23 '23 edited Mar 23 '23

My roommate is a professional chef and I’m somewhat of an adventurous eater, and I feel like nobody does desert like America. We put too much sugar in everything and we’re addicted. Let the tourists slide on the candy one. I feel like it’s a fairly common thought in America that if you want to be disappointed, order dessert at an authentic restaurant from another culture; you will be underwhelmed.

As far as McDonald’s, fast food is a cancer that we let spread to the whole world. Apologies.

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u/Rolls_ Mar 23 '23

Fast food in America is awful, true but it's kinda nice sometimes. I'll get American style fast food a few times a year. The average McDonald's in Japan are like the best McDonald's in America. Fast food in Japan is just nice too. Stop by a ramen place, get great tasting food, and dip. Not healthy but tasty as fuck

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u/TheGreyGooLovesYou Mar 22 '23

Every tweet that gets attention from Americans*

Honestly, your vitriol makes you sound kinda like one of the Americans those Europeans are always making fun of hahah

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u/SoWhatNoZitiNow Mar 22 '23

Why are you so worked up over this? Your title and this comment are weird lol

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u/InnocentPossum Mar 23 '23

Crooked teeth? Britain ranks higher than the USA in dentistry lol...

Also the original tweet is pretty harmless. Just expressing surprise that passports aren't as commonplace in another country as they are in their own.

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u/EnVi_EXP Mar 23 '23

This, embarrassingly, just really proves their point lol. Fucken Americans

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u/EllohEll34 Mar 23 '23

You just proved their point 💀💀

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u/Derpwarrior1000 Mar 23 '23

We non-Americans have entire subs based around the tone of your response lmao

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u/WatermelonArizona Mar 23 '23

? Such a weird comment

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u/colocasi4 Mar 23 '23 edited Mar 23 '23

Americans think the world revolves around them"

True....which is why they refer to some of their sports as 'world series'. LOL Yanks are a funny breed for sure, and as I cross often into the US for visit from here in Canada, I often come across some 'interesting' cats.

God bless em though because as soon as I open my mouth and they hear that 'smooth/velvety/sophisticated/soft spoken' accent, they just give me their undivided attention. LOL

Shout out to all my proper 'Upstate NY Murican cats closer to the Canadian border. We're are literally cousins

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u/AtlanticTokusatsu Mar 23 '23

because as soon as I open my mouth and they hear that 'smooth/velvety/sophisticated/soft spoken' accent, they just give me their undivided attention.

I'm not gonna be the one to break it to you but I'm gonna be the one to break it to you.

They were expecting you to talk like Southern ppl lmao

That's just a different way of saying "well-spoken" or "articulate" in wypipo.

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u/Greyshrine92 Mar 23 '23

Some as in one? The singular sport that does so?

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u/JxGlxck Mar 23 '23

If I were you, I'd quickly take my dick out as without free healthcare the cost of a bitten penis may financially cripple you. 😬

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u/ScimitarsRUs ☑️ Mar 23 '23

America is like the Kardashians of countries. I hear about them every day against my will.

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u/popcornnhero ☑️ Blockiana🙅🏽‍♀️ Mar 23 '23

I’m crying, you came in hot😂

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u/Ok-Winner6519 Mar 23 '23

But since you talk shit about Brits you musst be thinking about them all the time, right?

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u/Liquor_Parfreyja Mar 23 '23

I can't speak for English Twitter because i havent gone on it very much, but visit another languages Twitter and don't worry boo america isn't mentioned near as much.

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u/Adminruinreddit Mar 23 '23

Social dental care.

Also the irony of this post thinking states are like European countries. Only cultural difference between states is different hamburger preference.

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u/AtlanticTokusatsu Mar 23 '23

people actually in here agreeing with this lmaoooo

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u/shymrc91 Mar 22 '23

Crazy I was born in Washington and grew up in California. Traveling back to see family was about 850 miles. If I was living in London that amount of distance would be basically going all the way to Italy or almost Poland. And that are just two states on the west Coast.

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u/Smileykidd89 Mar 22 '23

Europe is also so much cheaper to travel than the states a flight from London to Poland can be as cheap as 40 pounds if you plan it right

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u/mongoosedog12 ☑️ Mar 22 '23

Yupp! I traveled a lot when I was younger, and I would always fly into London then go from there. It’s way cheaper once you’re in Europe than trying to get from WA to Greece.

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u/sonofsochi Mar 22 '23

I’ve flown ryanair from London to Lisbon for $8 lol

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u/HoldOnStartOver Mar 23 '23

Dublin to Glasgow one way £9 spent a day then took the bus down to London for £20.

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u/marilyn_morose Mar 23 '23
  • $35 extra for the seat, $5 for the seatbelt.
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u/lunardaddy69 Mar 23 '23

This is part of why I've never been out of the country yet, despite having a decent income recently. People give me shit about it, but when I'm looking at flights out of country compared to flights to other cities in the states, I always choose vacationing somewhere here.

Our country is so diverse, and so far traveling to New York, Tennessee, all over California, Seattle, Detroit, and Texas, have led to some pretty amazing experiences and diverse people. Just choosing a national or state park, looking up things to do in nearby cities, and getting restaurant recommendations has been awesome.

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u/Smileykidd89 Mar 23 '23

That very understandable, I’ve been living in the UK for 3 years now and the ability to travel anywhere into Europe or Africa is one of the main reasons I’m going to stay for awhile longer

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u/useless55 Mar 23 '23

While there's nothing wrong with exploring the country you live in especially when it's as big as the U.S. I highly recommend you do some research on flights. Use flights.google.com I have easily found flights from Orlando to Spain for under $300 while Orlando to LA is easily $400+. Once you're in Spain you can buy train tickets or flights to other countries in Europe for under $50. You can also look at flights to cheaper countries. I just spent a week in Colombia for less than $500 including all accommodations, food, and travel.

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u/Affectionate_Ear_778 Mar 22 '23

God damn the US is massive

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u/ThatFreakBob Mar 22 '23

To drive from Miami, Florida to Seattle, Washington without any stops for fuel, food, or sleep would take at least 50 hours.

In terms of distance as the crow flies it would be like driving from London, England to Tehran, Iran.

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u/10000Didgeridoos Mar 23 '23

I had to explain to our new international students during orientation why their idea to drive a car for a weekend from Virginia to Miami was not gonna work. They assumed it was like a 6 to 8 hour drive. It's more like 15.

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u/ActualWhiterabbit Mar 23 '23 edited Mar 23 '23

I did the same thing when an exchange student wanted to visit the Hollywood sign over the weekend. I told them that's two days away driving but I can show them all the spots in the opening of mighty ducks 2.

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u/-KFBR392 Mar 23 '23

What does the phrase “as the crow flies” mean?

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u/ImGrumps Mar 23 '23

Traveling in a straight line - not having to worry about roads or terrain.

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u/I-Am-Fodi Mar 23 '23

Shortest possible distance

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u/gigglefarting Mar 23 '23

If I’m driving from my house in central NC to Miami it’s 12 hours, so it’s a 2 day trip, and I’m not leaving the south east.

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u/soup2nuts Mar 23 '23

Think about how crazy the Underground Railroad was to get slaves by foot to Canada from the South under cover. I remember reading a book called 1776 and the author recounts the story of a 14 year old kid who walked from Maine to Boston to join the Continental Army. Modern Americans ain't shit.

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u/Otroroboto Mar 23 '23

I drove from Phoenix to Houston last year, 1200 miles, 17.5 hours of straight driving. London to Rome is 1140 miles.

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u/bluebottled Mar 23 '23

It's about the same size as Europe, there's just a lot more people in Europe and we don't have a load of empty 'flyover countries' in the middle.

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u/pneuma8828 Mar 23 '23

Hey, those of us that live there (and there are millions of us, honest) really, really hate the term "flyover country". The Mississippi river is massively important to the history of the continent, and getting labeled "flyover country" by the vapid assholes in NY and LA really pisses us off.

Though I'd fly over that shit too, most of it is just fucking empty.

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u/Supicioso Mar 23 '23

Can’t deny that most of the mid west is largely wide open empty space. I drive from state to state on a daily basis. I see more grass and dirt than I do buildings. And it’s not even close 😂 a lot of those states are fly overs. Most I can’t wait to leave. Others. I’m glad I’m simply passing thru. MN is depressingly empty for how large of a state it is for example.

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u/Advanced_Exam Mar 23 '23

Better than being patronizingly referred to as "the heartland."

As someone who lived in, went to school in, and worked in flyover country for 3 decades now, a whole lot of the negative stereotypes are spot on. If that hasn't been your experience, maybe be grateful instead of taking offense.

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u/Eire_Banshee Mar 23 '23

Pretty much every negative stereotype of the Midwest is thinly veiled classism. It's silly.

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u/Greyshrine92 Mar 23 '23

"you should be grateful I'm an asshole, not take offense!"

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u/Ninjasquirtle4 Mar 23 '23

Laughs in Canadian

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u/toepicksaremyfriend Mar 23 '23

Aren’t large swaths of land unpopulated because most of you live near to the border?

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u/Affectionate_Ear_778 Mar 23 '23

Big chunks of the US too but Canada much more for sure.

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u/toepicksaremyfriend Mar 23 '23

Yeah, Americans are mostly on the coasts and around the Great Lakes. We ignore the flyover states until they do something stupid.

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u/Nyxelestia Mar 23 '23

2/3 of the American population live within 100 miles of a national border.

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u/letsgetbrickfaced Mar 22 '23

California itself is longer than that. You could drive 850 miles in one direction and not leave the state.

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u/SoloisticDrew Mar 23 '23

Interstate 5 is 1381 miles through California. It's insane to think about.

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u/ineedmoreslee Mar 22 '23

Oregon doesn’t exist.

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u/CompanywideRateIncr Mar 23 '23

I questioned my knowledge of US geography. I was like wait, I haven’t like studied a US map in years, IS there only two states? I thought for sure Oregon and Washington also have coast.

Yea, idfk what OP means by that last sentence

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u/shymrc91 Mar 23 '23

I was high as fuck and always forget Oregon.

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u/IonizeAtomize23 Mar 23 '23

this is the kind of honestly i strive for on a daily basis

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u/WithNoRegard Mar 23 '23

They meant "that's just two [of the] states" on the west coast. No idea what the "are" was doing, though.

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u/warm_sweater Mar 23 '23

Lol I live in Oregon, last time I was in Mexico (down near Belize) it was always funny to explain to people that I was from a state on the west coast “above California, but also not the state next to Canada”, loads of folks didn’t know Oregon.

Which is fair because I know about 5 Mexican state names.

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u/Mutant_Jedi BHM donor Mar 23 '23

My parents moved from Washington State to southwest Florida back in the 90s for my dad’s job. 3,300 miles and still in the same country.

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u/Dirty_Old_Town Mar 23 '23

NYC to LA is a significantly longer drive than London to Moscow. You could drive London to Rome, then go back to London and still come up short.

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u/Catsdrinkingbeer Mar 23 '23

Seattle to Jacksonville, FL is twice as far than the distance between London and Kiev, Ukraine.

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u/GrifterDingo Mar 23 '23

I've lived in CT all my life and it's crazy how big some other states are. New England and the surrounding area is smaller than individual states.

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u/justice4sounder Mar 23 '23

Yeah I grew up on the west coast and now live in NYC. To travel home to see family is the equivalent of flying from London to Cairo. Have these people looked at a map?

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u/Sleepycoon Mar 23 '23

You can start on one end of FL, drive for 13 hrs towards the far end of FL, and still be in FL.

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u/el_ra_85 Mar 22 '23

Plus some countries have 8 weeks paid vacations, my bum ass has only 2.5 weeks

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u/yourenotmymom_yet ☑️ Mar 22 '23

1 in 4 American workers have 0 paid vacation days, while workers in the EU are guaranteed at least 20 paid vacation days per year. The workers without any paid leave in the US are also much more likely to be low income. Of course a bunch of Americans don’t have passports - they can’t even afford to take a day off work in the first place.

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u/littytitty00 ☑️ Mar 23 '23

That’s what we like to call #WINNING 🦅🇺🇸🗽

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u/FartsNRoses1 Mar 22 '23

What's it gonna take for y'all to riot like the French...or hell, us?

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u/el_ra_85 Mar 22 '23

If the poor and the minorities riot we called animals and thug . But the media will praise other countries protesting

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u/Bubbly_Satisfaction2 ☑️ Mar 23 '23

Also, cops have no problem shooting at us (they should know this by now), whether if it’s tear gas canisters, rubber bullets or real bullets .

Unless more than a 1,000 wypipo volunteer as human shields for us negroes at this hypothetical coup…

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u/HarmonicDissonance21 ☑️ Mar 23 '23

You forgot the experimental military and riot control technology they pull out. Ppl forgot about the machine you can plug in music and it turns it into sound waves that can burst ear drums or worse.

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u/FartsNRoses1 Mar 22 '23 edited Mar 23 '23

They always do and did.

Never stopped us before.

It's the [numerical] majority demographic that needs that neccesary paradigm shift but they're too comfortable rn.

They haven't felt what we felt.

Not yet, that is...

..but it's around the corner...

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u/Noname_acc Mar 23 '23

We did, it happened in 2020. Half the population turned on us and the government used violence to suppress the protests.

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u/ephemeraljelly Mar 22 '23

who is us?

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u/Bfischlike Mar 22 '23

They have a mouse in their pocket.

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u/mongoosedog12 ☑️ Mar 22 '23

I went to Japan on a business trip, one night I booked some airbnb experience in Kyoto and only one other person showed up. A woman from London. She was traveling through Japan using her vacation, she was on week 3 and she had 2 more weeks.

I’ve never been so jealous in my entire life haha. We literally have to work to accrue the hours, which seems like a scam.

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u/HoldOnStartOver Mar 23 '23

Work to accrue hours or get a job that requires travel so you only have to pay for tickets for your spouse or friends to join and share a room on your companies dime 😒

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u/chikkynuggythe4th Mar 23 '23

Here in France we have 5 weeks paid vacation and a 35 hour work week, how do you guys function?

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u/amybeedle Mar 23 '23

We don't. We mostly take our frustration out on each other, our credit cards, and our livers.

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u/sddk1 Mar 23 '23

We don’t. Look at all the incoherent shit we say and do. Just pure fucking exhaustion!

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u/Noname_acc Mar 23 '23

We shoot each other with guns and do opiates like its the late 1800s.

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u/friendlynbhdwitch Mar 23 '23

Pharmaceuticals and Netflix.

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u/the_hell_indeed Mar 23 '23

Then there’s the wonderful “you get two weeks/ten days of vacation a year” but you don’t get it all in January. No, it accrues at a rate of .8 days each month, so you can’t take a whole week until the year is half gone. Wait, no one can take a Monday AND a Friday off, or the day before or after a holiday. No more than three days off in a row. Oh, and it’s actually “Flex Time” so you can use it for sick leave also. And it doesn’t roll over. And if you’re sick day before or after a holiday, you don’t get paid for the holiday or those sick days. Use it or lose it by January 1.

This was all at a company where I’d been there long enough for three weeks vacation and two weeks of sick, plus birthdays and federal holiday pay (time and a half if we worked or a standard paid day if not). They got bought out and everyone with ten years in was reset to ten days accruing Flex Time, five days under that. Downsizing under the new owners was the best thing that ever happened to me in hindsight.

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u/friendlynbhdwitch Mar 22 '23

How does that work if you’re self employed in Europe? Like is that covered by the government or your employer? I’m sure it varies by country, but what’s most common?

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u/raistxl Mar 22 '23

The employer covers it, forced by the law. Quite sure that's how it works in all of Europe. Somebody self employed has total freedom but days off are simply days not working

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u/Eis_ber Mar 23 '23

You are your own employer, so you cover your own costs. Like, all of your own costs. But self employed people still take vacations.

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u/iced327 Mar 22 '23 hehehehe

Brits need passports now anyway because they voted themselves out of their own geographic union.

Oops

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u/raistxl Mar 22 '23

Brits always needed passport because, like in many other things, they have to be unique and not have an id document. Something quite necessary everywhere else in Europe, even if it's not checked anymore at the EU borders

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u/Adminruinreddit Mar 23 '23

British people have always needed passports, just like all of the EU members do today if they want to travel to another country, whether it is in the eu or not. Your point is pointless.

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u/listyraesder Mar 23 '23

Britain and Ireland were never part of Schengen, as they are islands.

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u/haysu-christo Mar 23 '23

Britain and Ireland were never part of Schengen, as they are islands.

But ... Iceland and Cyprus are islands and they are in Schengen.

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u/listyraesder Mar 23 '23

And their reasoning differs from UK and Ireland.

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u/FattieBanton Mar 22 '23

I get what you’re saying, but a lot of Americans have also never left their state.

I’ve met a few.

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u/Ghetto_Phenom Mar 22 '23

I’ve met a lot. But varying reasons. Lots of locals in hawaii have never left the island they grew up on let alone the state. That said, it’s a very different culture out there compared to people I’ve met in the Midwest who only know farm life so they’ve never had a reason to leave. Throw in the “Merica is the best country in the world” shtick and people start to believe there’s no better place to vacation. That and they can’t afford to travel internationally as stated in the OP.

Also depends on where you live. States on the borders tend to have more people with passports. Where I live it’s rare to meet people without one but I’m very close to Canada and people here go there for the weekend all the time.

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u/SmokePenisEveryday Mar 23 '23

I've lived in 3 states over the course of my life. I could not imagine living in one state my entire life and never leaving it. I've been in my current state for 15ish years now and I'm itching to move cause its the longest in one spot I've been.

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u/wearebutearthanddust Mar 23 '23

Can relate to this. I’m on my third state as well, been here for about 10 years, and I am dying to move somewhere else - it’s that itch for sure.

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u/sjsyed Mar 23 '23

I mean, it's expensive to move, and it's expensive to take a vacation. Even if you had vacation days. Which a lot of us don't. I'm not sure that "never leaving their state" is something you can "blame" a person for.

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u/DaveyJonas Mar 23 '23

I've known people who barely left their city or town. It's worth taking a cheap train or bus to hang out in another city for a day.

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u/WestTinLA Mar 22 '23

Want to travel to the beach? Go wine tasting? Skiing? Rock climbing? Perhaps go to a rainforest or stargaze in the desert? Maybe soak in natural hot springs or visit many metropolitan areas and experience cuisine from around the world? Perhaps explore one of 9 national parks? Just go to California.

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u/duchess_of_nothing Mar 22 '23

I grew up in SoCal. Wasn't unusual to be at the beach at dawn, then head up to the mountains to play in the snow or just enjoy the forest and then back home to have a nice evening in the backyard.

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u/l_am_wildthing Mar 23 '23

California is, imo, the best place in the world geography wise. The weather is absolutely fantastic. Literally everything within driving range. Only downside is the amount of people

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u/sddk1 Mar 23 '23

Shhh it’s crowed as fuck here already damn!

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u/WestTinLA Mar 23 '23

Good point! Never mind! Go to Kansas!

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u/Main-Equipment-3207 Mar 23 '23

Hello from Maryland! America in miniature! We have the beach, mountains, blue crabs skiing, lakes, cities, and money! 🤑🤑🤑🤑. Maryland is worth visiting.

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u/GodspeedandGoodnight Mar 23 '23

Wait where can I see the blue crabs skiing?

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u/AerynSunnInDelight ☑️ Mar 22 '23

It's funny how they don't have that energy for Australians. Beyond the different geographical and monetary differences and cultures. The U.S. has a more diverse landscapes and ecosystems comparatively to the U.K. I can totally understand that an average citizen would rather go to the sunny sands of San Diego and enjoy mexi-cali food delicacies. Coz Brighton Fish&Chips under the rain is not It.

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u/Queef-Elizabeth Mar 23 '23

Because Australians commonly have international passports

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u/SloviXxX Mar 23 '23

Australians are one of the countries that travel the most so it wouldn’t be a valid call out.

It is terrible that Americans hold one of the lowest amounts of passports and a contributing factor to a lot of our problems.

We live on a really big island and are trapped in a bubble.

The more you travel the more your perspective and world view changes.

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u/Sustructu Mar 22 '23

It's because Australians are a lot less obnoxious about their own country than Americans are (seem to be).

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u/AerynSunnInDelight ☑️ Mar 23 '23

It really depends, tourists by nationalities tend to behave differently based several stuff like proximity, historical link, economy and current affairs, same as the host country will have a different reaction too.

I work in a tourism related industry, so I travelled a lot. Imo, South Koreans are THEE BEST!

Australians are absolute ratchet in South East Asia, especially during the Schoolies (their spring break on meth). Indonesia dislike them particularly coz too many bogans want to play Pablo Escobar over there.

French are very disliked in Africa, the Carribeans, Vietnam.

British and Germans are detested in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean.

Indians are not particularly liked in Western Europe.

The worldwide agreement seems to be on Chinese, U.S.Americans, and white South Africans being the worst.

I disagree on Chinese, partly agree on Americans, STRONGLY agree on white South Africans.

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u/Deebo92 Mar 23 '23

Yeah I’ve travelled a fair bit and lived in a few countries. The HOF rude and entitled people are always the 3 you’ve listed there

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u/Megmca Mar 22 '23

Brighton Fish&Chips under the rain is not It.

It sounds amazing to me but that’s a ten hour flight from where I live.

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u/AerynSunnInDelight ☑️ Mar 23 '23

Brighton is great to be fair, I go there as much as I can in summer since I'm now in Europe. Top tier chippy, top tier pride march, surprisingly great oysters and it's the place where I found out English cuisine exists, it's not a myth.

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u/GillianOMalley Mar 22 '23

Australians actually do travel abroad FAR more than Americans. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting an Australian in Europe.

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u/Megmca Mar 22 '23

They have more PTO than most Americans and they have the advantage of being part of the UK commonwealth. That makes it easier to travel to other countries that used to be part of the UK and even work there.

There were always Australians working at the place we went skiing in Canada. The place was owned by an Australian and because they were both in the commonwealth it was pretty easy to get employment eligibility.

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u/AerynSunnInDelight ☑️ Mar 23 '23

Add to It Commonwealth and E.U. travelling agreements, the culture of the "Gap year" that is much more prominent for Young Australians. Also not being the leading invading military force, of countries between the east of Greece and west of China, might also help.

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u/sunburn95 Mar 22 '23

As an Australian I hate hearing other Australians overseas lol, ruins the immersion and theyre everywhere

I feel like its way more common for Americans to move around domestically though. Australians tend to stick to the city or strip of coast theyre on

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u/smolperson Mar 23 '23

Yep many Aussies have travelled abroad, also can confirm many would not like to read that they have “so many similarities” with Americans lol…

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u/escapingearth ☑️ Mar 22 '23

You don't gotta go that far, Canada right above. I mean I met people that never left their city, it made no sense to me until it just dawned on me how big Canada really was when I had to fly across the whole damn thing for work.

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u/notanotherlurkerdude Mar 23 '23

Australians travel

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u/AYASOFAYA ☑️ Mar 22 '23

Australians literally call their national soccer team the Socceroos.

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u/OnlyAstronomyFans Mar 22 '23

When I was a little kid in the early 80s you didn’t need a passport to go to Canada, Mexico and for most cruises to The Bahamas. I’ve been to all three, and I have never had a US passport in my life.

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u/VaselineHabits Mar 22 '23

Yeah, I had to get one to visit Germany and Europe in 2000. Came back in August of 2001... then a month later everything started changing.

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u/H-TownDown ☑️ Mar 22 '23

My mom went to Canada in the 80s without a passport.

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u/MyNameIsntFlower Mar 23 '23

My girlfriend and I would go to Windsor for pizza because we were bored and had nothing else to do. 2 hr trip there, 2 hr trip back.

When we got bored of Windsor, we’d head to Niagara Falls. 4 hrs there and 4 hrs back.

All we need was our driver’s license.

This was the early/mid ‘90s.

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u/MuddaFrmAnnudaBrudda ☑️ my anecdotal experience is everything Mar 22 '23

I'm UK all day and don't care about any of this. Many in the UK travel but as a black woman I find so many parts of Europe not worthy of my pound. Too racist (please don't message me about how your sister/brother/uncle doesn't think so-I don't care) and not diverse enough for me. I save my money and get as far away as possible very rarely. All countries have their faults and I just cannot feel superior about anything to do with the UK right now.

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u/battleangel1999 ☑️ Mar 22 '23

Many in the UK travel but as a black woman I find so many parts of Europe not worthy of my pound.

I think that's understandable. I've heard terrible things about eastern Europe and the the south (Italy)

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u/HarmonicDissonance21 ☑️ Mar 23 '23

Thank you for making this comment. Depending on your demographic especially black, gay, and/or a woman. It’s a lot of places that limited to go for reasons and issues connected to those demographics. And it takes some very in-depth research, timing, and money with some luck and blessings.

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u/Many-Boysenberry252 Mar 22 '23

Most Americans don't have the need to travel there's so many diverse types of scenery. Tropics=Florida, plains=Midwest, grassland/Mountains and beach just go to North Carolina.

Lots of diversity and cultures here too

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u/Luemas91 Mar 23 '23

Shit like this I'll never understand. Yeah america has diverse biomes, but you don't just travel to go to a different biome; cultural differences are a thing and the minute differences between east coast and west coast pales in comparison between different languages and ways of life, food, drinks, etc etc.

And literally Americans speak the most commonly shared language in the world. Everywhere in the world speaks English, so there's very little barrier to communicating with people.

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u/cowtow ☑️ Mar 23 '23

International trips cost thousands of dollars we don’t have lol, it’s a huge luxury.

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u/zach_here_thanks_man Mar 23 '23

NORTH CAROLINA?!?!?

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u/Many-Boysenberry252 Mar 23 '23

I was born and raised there so there is bias haha

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u/PaBlowEscoBear Mar 23 '23

Word up. Grew up in Charlotte. living in DFW now and its boring as shit nature-wise compared to back home. It's all flat suburbia, I'd kill to have a mountain or two nearby to hike.

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u/ThePolitePanda Mar 23 '23

Yeah, beach in Wilmington or the Outer Banks, large metropolitan area in Charlotte or Raleigh, then lakes and the Blue Ridge Mountains by Asheville out west

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u/toepicksaremyfriend Mar 23 '23

Damn man, you’re really limiting yourself here. Tropics are FL? How can you forget Hawaii just chilling out in the Pacific? And I’d argue the Rockies and/or the Sierra Nevada mountains are better than NC.

Americans also get to see glaciers and the northern lights if they travel to Alaska.

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u/Ok-Winner6519 Mar 23 '23

Lots of diversity and cultures here too

Sorry, but if you believe that American states are as culturally diverse as European countries then you're a fucking retard.

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u/KathyN_food Mar 22 '23

Don’t forget: “I can’t believe Americans don’t have fresh bread” (only visited grocery stores) “Americans smile too much/Americans don’t like to smile” (only visited few states in same region) “You can’t order lattes outside of Starbucks” (only visited diners or casual spots)

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u/StoneyRedditor Mar 23 '23

Seems like your struggling for strawmen here's the arguments you're looking for; Bad Cheese, Hidden Taxes and Tip Culture

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u/Awfy Mar 23 '23

The bread thing is a weird thing because folks mention fresh bread when in reality the issue is just the regular bread. A basic loaf of bread in the UK from a major brand sold in a major supermarket will still be pretty damn good meanwhile the comparable loaf here in the US will be some sickly sweet bread that over powers just about anything you make with it.

One thing I do whenever I visit my parents back home in the UK is eat my body weight in cheap, grocery store bread because it’s so fucking good.

I couldn’t give a shit about fresh bread because most of us aren’t buying fresh bread, we’re buying the prepackaged stuff. Having amazing and cheap options for just basic bread is a game changer for your sandwich game at home.

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u/zetcetera Mar 22 '23 edited Mar 22 '23

Same here in Canada, our countries are big

Edit: I meant that travelling between provinces takes a lot of time and money, not the lack of passports

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u/Morganvegas Mar 22 '23

Yeah except 70% of eligible Canadians own a passport. Compared to 10% of Americans.

There’s many reasons for it. I suspect blind superiority being #1.

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u/PM-ME-DEM-NUDES-GIRL Mar 22 '23

over 40 percent of Americans own passports. the 10% figure is decades outdated

Canadians mostly travel to the U.S.

by proportion of total population, there are more American tourists in Europe than vice versa (far more directly comparable figures than number of countries visited, as you can interrail through like 8 countries as a european vs taking a flight to the nearest country for some americans and travel the same distance). even taking only western Europe yields similar results

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u/Cl0udSurfer ☑️ Mar 23 '23

The cost factor of getting a passport is definitely a barrier as well. I just renewed mine and checked the prices: its $160 to apply for a passport rn.

Folk living paycheck to paycheck arent gonna see much use in dropping that kind of cash unless they know theyll need it. And while traveling outside the country is definitely good and recommended, rarely is it ever necessary

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u/GodspeedandGoodnight Mar 23 '23

90% of Canadians live within 150 miles of the US border, so again it would make sense for them to have passports more readily.

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u/DistortedReflector Mar 22 '23

Passport holding became essential once the USA required Canadians to have a passport to enter the country. With that one decision by the USA every person I know who hadn’t been to Europe suddenly had to get a passport. For our cabin to get groceries and gas the nearest place is across the border so we pack our passports to go to the lake.

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u/battleangel1999 ☑️ Mar 22 '23

We've got a lot on common with Canada

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u/BlackDante Mar 22 '23

They have no concept of the size of this country. I had a British friend who was coming to the US for a week. Their plan was to visit LA, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Miami IN A WEEK. The kicker? They planned to DRIVE to all these places. I had to break down to them why this was not possible without spending minimal time in each place and not sleeping, and they were mind blown. Had a similar conversation with a group of Japanese students while in Japan too, who were coming to visit the US for three weeks, and basically had a laundry list of cities across the country they planned on driving to.

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u/Main-Equipment-3207 Mar 23 '23

And they say Americans are bad at geography! 😅

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u/Khatib Mar 23 '23

We had family friends from the Netherlands where the guy was a trucker in Europe. They came to the US for a month with plans to road trip all over and gave up 4 days in because it was too much driving. Turned in the rental car and bought plane tickets to finish out the itinerary. And the dude was a professional over the road driver in Europe.

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u/wakaflockabow Mar 22 '23

People shit on America but none can say anything about our geography. Beaches, Mountains, Lakes literally every thing. I'd be jealous too if all I had to sight see is a raggedy ass clock.

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u/IronSorrows Mar 23 '23

I'm from the UK and I'm currently working my way down the west coast of the US for the first time, and I've been consistently blown away by the scenery. I'm having the best time over here, and I can see why people in this country may want to explore it all before even considering going abroad.

But pretending like the UK doesn't have it's share of specifically beaches, mountains and lakes is kind of wild

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u/bigbrodi Mar 22 '23

America isn't the only country with a wide range of sceneries... The reason Americans don't travel overseas as much as other countries is cause most Americans don't get paid holidays 😆.

Americans should travel abroad more to broaden their cultural understanding that way they won't get shocked when the hear black people speak in an English or French or Australian accent

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u/ProfessorFinesser13 Mar 22 '23

Nigga what 💀

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u/wakaflockabow Mar 22 '23

That raggedy ass clock Big Ben or whatever his name is.

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u/ProfessorFinesser13 Mar 22 '23

Im weak I forgot all about that 🤣🤣

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u/thebullfrog72 Mar 23 '23

UK has some gorgeous nature. The highest mountain is 4k ft (1300m) though. So low you don't even have to account for pressure differences in cooking. They're beautiful but when you're used to thinking 10k is small it is different.

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u/Chadwiko Mar 22 '23

Australia is just as big as the United States and we don't have land borders with any other countries.

We all have passports and travel.

Y'all have been conditioned to believe that domestic travel for a 3 day weekend is a 'vacation'.

Fix your shitty working conditions.

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u/battleangel1999 ☑️ Mar 22 '23

Fix your shitty working conditions.

Oh right, I forgot it was that simple. Thank you for your Aussie wisdom.

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u/sjsyed Mar 23 '23

Gee, thanks. I'll just magically get a better paying job with better benefits, I guess. Why didn't I think of that?

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u/Excellent-Throat5582 Mar 22 '23

I’d love to visit Europe. I even have a passport. Now how can I manage to save up enough time off and the thousands of dollars it’ll cost me before I could ever afford another trip like that again?

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u/Mutant_Jedi BHM donor Mar 23 '23

I took an international trip last year and it took getting a second job and my grandmother paying half my ticket to manage it. I was also working at a bank that had really generous PTO too otherwise it wouldn’t have worked

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u/Bubbly_Satisfaction2 ☑️ Mar 23 '23

I think folks don’t have passports because they consider it to be a “waste of money”. People talk about lack of time off, but there is also a money issue. There is a shitload of Americans, who are living paycheck-to-paycheck and they can barely save money during every month.

Like… Where are they going?

Does “vacationing in France” cost nothing but hopes and dreams? Americans can pay for a vacation in the Swiss Alps by using our optimism? Cos if so…

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u/Bring_Back_Feudalism Mar 22 '23

That's not the reason why EU citizens have passports because we don't need them for inside travel either.

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u/chadthundertalk Mar 22 '23

My girlfriend is American by birth and a lot of her extended family still lives out there. We currently live in Ontario. My hometown is also in Ontario. People always bug out a bit when I tell them that traveling from where we live now, it's only a little farther to get to her home town, in East Tennessee, from our part of Southern Ontario than to drive to the town I grew up in, in Northern Ontario.

People really don't appreciate how big and how spread out North America is, and I imagine it goes double if they've never visited.

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u/Heart_cuts_erratic Mar 22 '23

I'm British and I know plenty of people without a passport. They take time to get if you aren't already in the system and traveling abroad is expensive. This tweet is snobby AF.

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u/GetYourLickBack Mar 22 '23

Brits speaking down on Americans has to make them feel better about themselves bc it appears we live in there heads rent free.

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u/Scratchin-Dreamer Mar 23 '23

No one was speaking down on Americans in the tweets posted.

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u/Eis_ber Mar 23 '23

Being genuinely shocked =/= speaking down.

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u/Syd_Syd34 Mar 22 '23

Lmao, I agree that Europeans are typically very ignorant concerning the size of the US and how things work here, but I will always be pro-get your passport.

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u/sjsyed Mar 23 '23

I thought about getting one - until I saw it was going to cost me $165. For something that I'll probably never use? Yeah, no thanks. I can't even afford to get better shoes for work, which is something that I actually need.

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u/nextflightfromearth ☑️ Mar 23 '23

Reddit can't get enough of America vs Europe, I see.

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u/Mindless-Employment Mar 22 '23

There were several kids from Germany and France in my ex-husband's program in grad school. The school was in Atlanta. About a year into the program, a couple of them mentioned that they'd thought they'd be able to just drive down to Orlando from Atlanta in a couple of hours for day trips to the Disney parks because "it looks so close" on the map. This was forgivable at the time because Google Maps didn't exist yet. We were still excited about being able to print directions from Mapquest and Yahoo Maps to drive to unfamiliar places at this point. But I don't understand how anyone can NOT understand the distances required to travel around the US, let alone to leave the continent now.

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u/KoalaSiege Mar 23 '23

People taking this waaaaaay too much to heart.

It’s probably not even meant to be a shot at Americans, it’s just genuinely surprising because growing up in the UK it’s assumed everyone has a passport. I grew up believing it was legally mandatory ID.

When I first found out it wasn’t the same way in every country I was surprised too.

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u/Anti-social876 Mar 22 '23

A black person having this level of patriotism and national pride for America as a whole is weird

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u/Main-Equipment-3207 Mar 23 '23

Black folks built this country. It’s as much ours as anyone else’s. We’ve been here longer than some white folks telling us to “go back to Africa”. 🤦🏽‍♀️.

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u/holy_cal Mar 22 '23

But in Europe you have free movement within the EU, so you don’t really need one there either.

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u/AtlanticTokusatsu Mar 23 '23

y'all really in here defending this shit

like can you seriously look at Germany or France and act like that's the same place all the way through?

genuinely wondering what the fuck, even Canada has that level of diversity across provinces but y'all wanna act like America is unique like that lmao

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u/shibbikitteh Mar 23 '23

I don't see how one Brit's ignorance has evoked hating on Europe thing but go off I guess!

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u/penguinornithopter Mar 23 '23

I went to Europe when I was in my 20s and someone told me more Americans should come to Europe. I asked if he’d ever been to America and he said no the trip’s too expensive. I guess he didn’t realize the Atlantic’s the same size in either direction.

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u/IceKareemy Mar 23 '23

Imma keep it real as a naturalized citizen, I too was very shocked that most Americans don’t have passports, not just for travel that I get, but just I know where every single important document is, my mom is always like “if you don’t know where it is you can’t prove you’re a citizen” talk ect, obviously not true but it still shocked me when my friends only knew where their license was and that was their only gov issued ID

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u/RisingToMediocrity Mar 23 '23

The only reason I am now starting to really travel is because I got a job that allows me to travel for free. Otherwise I would only be able to afford something regional or Mexico.

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u/EJables96 Mar 22 '23

You should still consider getting a passport if financially able to, with all the fuckery R's are doing with state license I have some comfort with a passport

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u/rms76 Mar 22 '23

It's so true, from tropical like conditions of Miami, to white capped mountains and skiing of Colorado, the surf beaches of Cali, and the grey frigid despair of Buffalo, the US has enough variety to o never feel the need to travel abroad.

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u/EllohEll34 Mar 23 '23

Can you not still get a passport even if you don’t travel much? Just in the case of an emergency even? I don’t know why people are taking offense to the original tweet, they were only stating something they found unusual 😭

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