My First Ever Visit To The United States

This title may seem a little bit strange.  If you know much about me, you know that I’m an American, so how have I never been to the United States?  I was born there and spent most of my life there.  Before now, however, there’s one thing I hadn’t done there.  Visit.

Whenever I left the country, it had been for a limited period of time.  When I would come home, it would be for an indefinite period of time.  I was never sure if or when I would ever leave again.  This meant I had always lived there, and I had never simply visited.

Now that I cleared that up, let me tell you this has changed.

I went home for Christmas, and it was my first ever visit to America.  I left Hungary on the 24th of December and arrived back here on January 2nd (meaning I left on January 1st).  That seems like a long time, doesn’t it?

It wasn’t.  Time flies when you’re, well, flying.  I kept a stop watch to keep track of my travel time, but I’m not sure where it is right now.  I’ll tell you tomorrow.  But, let me assure you it was about a million hours.  A lot of traveling, but it was worth it.

I really wanted to see if living in Hungary gave me a different view of the United States.  Therefore I made a very short list of what I liked better in the USA and what wasn’t as good as Hungary.

Let’s start with the things that I liked about the United States:

  1. Going to bars and restaurants with fresh air.  I hate having to breathe the cigarette smoke of other people.
  2. I can talk to anyone.  Better than that, they know what I’m saying.  On the down side, I had to stop insulting people in public.  I was given a lot of dirty looks the first few days.
  3. Buffalo wings.  No explanation needed.
  4. Coffee is sold in giant cups.  You can even take it home with you.  You can spill five sips and still have plenty to drink.  European coffee doesn’t have five sips.
  5. Everyone has cars.  Giant, giant cars in which you can fit anything.
  6. I have exotic stories about living in Hungary.  They probably don’t even have to be true for people to believe me.
  7. There are beers that taste good.

Now for the things that aren’t as good:

  1. The beers that taste good don’t want to come back to Hungary with me.
  2. Everyone wants coffee in giant cups.  There always seems to be a line.
  3. In the aforementioned line, people understand my conversations and decide they’re welcome to join in.  Every time.
  4. Going to the grocery store is boring.  I can read the labels on the food I buy.  A meal isn’t very exciting if you know it won’t give you food poisoning.
  5. People don’t think I’m awesome because I’m a foreigner.  In fact, they call me a liar if I say I am.
  6. Trains aren’t popular.  Everything’s too spread out.  The only way to get around is in giant, giant cars.
  7. Being on Hungarian time makes me tired really early in America.  I had to go to bed early and get up early.  “Alex, It’s pretty strange that you’re the second one awake.  I’m not used to that.” – a quote from my brother on Christmas morning.

As I said, that list doesn’t contain everything.  It’s merely what I thought of in the past few minutes.  Maybe I’ll write another one after being back here for a little while.

Hungarian Christmas Tree OrnamentsIn summary, I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve written anything.  I had one week to see my family, friends, and my home.  It didn’t leave a lot of free time.  I’ll make it up to you with much better stories, I promise. 

Plus, I now have a secret weapon.  Stay tuned for that announcement.

Hungarian word of the day:

Boldog Új Évet!

Pronounced Bowl-dough-g Ooh-yay-vet.  It means HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I’m looking forward to a great one, and I hope you have can also have an incredible year!  As I share my adventures here, please don’t be shy.  Thanks for reading my blog so far and let’s keep the conversation going!