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Non-Americans Biggest Culture Shocks When Visiting America

Someone on AskReddit got a thread going about non-Americans biggest culture shocks upon visiting America. It can be easy to forget how strange of a place America is, when you're living inside the bubble of chaos. A perspective from the outside looking in picks up on strange and normalized things like the sheer scale of food portions/drink sizes, or the over-sensationalized news, or those condescending commercials. 

Non-Americans share their biggest culture shocks when visiting America | jtel21 6h Honestly shocked at size portions at fast food outlets. Reply 323
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Western Foods that are Weird to Visitors

Admittedly cheese is kind of a strange thing, and to the uninitiated, it's hard to forget that sausage (at its best, even) is an animal's butt stuffed with itself. If you come from a land of avocado dessert milk drinks, then guacamole probably looks like an atrocity. Here's some culture shock had by Europeans in the United States. Culture shock can come from even the smallest things, like this cultural collide over what lemonade is.

American food that foreign visitors find weird | NitroChili 14.4k points 9 hours ago family friend South Africa commented on pumpkin pie once Wait put PUMPKINS into PIE Why would do
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People's Biggest Culture Shocks Coming From Third World Countries

Someone on AskReddit asked for people from third world countries to share their biggest culture shock experiences. Things like having clean water out of the tap, or an ambulance that shows up if you call it (regardless of financial status) are things we can momentarily forget aren't guarantees everywhere else. Definitely a list that helps keep things in perspective. 

People describe their biggest culture shocks coming from third world countries | spartan6222 My roomate's coworker is Guatemala. He says one best things about US is call an ambulance, one actually shows up even if aren't rich or important.
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32 Non-Americans Share Rumors About the U.S. That Turned out to Be True

If you didn't grow up with garbage disposals and cheez wiz, you might also think that they aren't real. Also paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for education. Here are some things people were dumbfounded to discover actually do exist in the US of A. For the other way around, here are some culture shocked Americans describing sharing things they didn't realize were so American.

non american saying string cheese should have been a joke
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Things might be different in Europe, but not THAT different.