“Americans are unhealthy.”
Well, it’s partly true. There are a lot of fast food restaurants around, and many frozen foods in the supermarkets. However, you can find everything you’ve ever wanted here. Every supermarket offers a lot of organic products, and a big variety of fruits and vegetables. Moreover, there are places like Trader Joe’s, which offers inexpensive health foods. As I discovered, Americans especially love peanut butter, quinoa, and guacamole. Ironically, some of those foods aren’t even American, but I am pretty sure Americans are the ones who eat them the most.
Also don’t forget about the sports. If you walk inside any fitness studio here in Boston, you will understand what I mean. It’s full of people at any time, even during the day and night. Sometimes people even go to the gym twice or three times a day. People also love running here, especially since Boston hosts the famous, Boston Marathon. And don’t forget about typical American games like American football or baseball. Hockey is a big deal here, too.
“America is one country.”
I think many people from Europe and Asia, who have never been to America, perceive it as one huge country that’s the same everywhere you visit. However, the surprising fact for every foreigner is that every state is very different. Massachusetts is very different from California, for instance, from the weather to the food and even the mentality of people. Boston, however, can be described as a conservative, and maybe very European area. The city of Boston is a very nice combination of different architecture styles, with lots of cultural diversity.
“It’s all about the American dream.”
Of course, everybody is aware of the term, “American Dream.” And yes, indeed, it’s easier to achieve it here. However, I must say that, in reality, it is actually a very hard-working process. And no, not everyone in America is rich. The life is pretty normal here. There is a big gap between the rich and the poor, there are different cars, and pretty old houses.
“Americans barely travel.”
Not true at all. Well, maybe they do not travel around Europe so much, however, how many of you visited every single country in Latin America, for example? Or explored all fifty United States? Yes, travelling within one’s own country doesn’t count, you can say. But as I mentioned before, America is very different from state to state. Also, many of them prefer further destinations than Europe, such as Australia, New Zealand, or Malaysia.
“Americans only speak English.”
Hey, do you know that Spanish is the second official language here? Yes, as English is the number one international language, many people don’t see the need to learn more languages. However, in America I have managed to meet people who spoke several languages very fluent.
“Americans are ignorant to the rest of the world.”
Fahrenheit, miles, gallons, inches…yes, the metric system definitely creates some uncomfortable moments for Americans who travel around the world. But on the other hand, how many of you are familiar with this system?
…that’s what I thought! Perhaps we should stop calling it ignorance.
As you can see, it’s always better to draw your own conclusions, instead of relying on stereotypes. And remember, there is no good or no bad, there is only different.