Living in the United States vs Europe?

  • josh995

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    Dec 15, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    Which would you prefer if you had the choice?
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    Dec 15, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    Hell, because the US and Europe both have winters.
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    Dec 15, 2011 2:29 AM GMT
    I feel there isn't a whole lot of difference between living either in Europe or North America (nothing compared to Asia, Africa, or much of South America). Sure, there are some differences regarding standards of living, habits, opportunities, language, and government, but overall industrialized and globalized (Western) countries are very similar to one another.

    But one has to realize that there are differences within Europe too. Eastern Europe has certainly changed since the fall of communism, but most of these countries still lag behind the rest of Europe in many things, especially LGBT advocacy. Many Western European countries continue to receive a high influx of immigrants from Eastern Europe.
  • Import

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    Dec 15, 2011 2:32 AM GMT
    Love Europe, but can't deal with their tiny showers and lack of air conditioning and drive thru banking...

    I'll choose US, however europe is fun to visit.
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    Dec 15, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    Lol I always found drive-through banking to be so weird
  • hallyhallo

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    Dec 15, 2011 2:40 AM GMT
    Import saidLove Europe, but can't deal with their tiny showers and lack of air conditioning and drive thru banking...

    I'll choose US, however europe is fun to visit.


    LOL who needs drive thru banking. I always thought that the bank system in the US is soooo outdated (e.g. why do you mail in checks for your rent?). I usually do everything online.

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    Dec 15, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    hallyhallo said
    Import saidLove Europe, but can't deal with their tiny showers and lack of air conditioning and drive thru banking...

    I'll choose US, however europe is fun to visit.


    LOL who needs drive thru banking. I always thought that the bank system in the US is soooo outdated (e.g. why do you mail in checks for your rent?). I usually do everything online.



    I don't mail my checks in for rent either dude icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 15, 2011 2:51 AM GMT
    I spent a couple months in Paris and loved it. I enjoy going back every now and then, but I dont think I could live there. Its way to expensive.
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    Dec 15, 2011 2:57 AM GMT
    Is the xmas shopping any different in Europe?

    If I were to make a drastic change I think it would be to a Buddhist country like Thailand.
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:00 AM GMT
    Simply put, there are huge differences among the states in the US and the countries that form Europe, so you can't answer at that level.
    However, some scandinavian countries are among the happiest, plus people live longer in japan and some european countries icon_wink.gif
  • hallyhallo

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    Dec 15, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    CHRISTOPHER34 saidI spent a couple months in Paris and loved it. I enjoy going back every now and then, but I dont think I could live there. Its way to expensive.


    haha, it is not more expensive than Boston or NYC. If you lived in Berlin it would be much cheaper..
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    I for one am very interested in visiting South Korea. It's on my bucket list. However, I think it would be quite difficult, as a Westerner, to live in many Asian countries. In Korea (and a few other countries), you have to be aware of your place in the social hierarchy at all times. Imagine having to adjust your speech every time you approach someone who has a higher social status than you by age, profession, or wealth. You often have to use entirely different words and verbs with them versus what you'd speak with your family and friends. It's very easy to offend people when you deviate from linguistic expectations. Plus it's incredibly frowned upon to ever challenge authority or talk about a taboo/difficult subject. I personally would have an incredibly difficult time with that. It would take quite a while to adapt.

    Meanwhile in Europe and North America, there's nothing quite that extensive. Like I said, Western countries are culturally very similar now.
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    hallyhallo said
    CHRISTOPHER34 saidI spent a couple months in Paris and loved it. I enjoy going back every now and then, but I dont think I could live there. Its way to expensive.


    haha, it is not more expensive than Boston or NYC. If you lived in Berlin it would be much cheaper..


    The exchange rate is high. The cost of living is about the same, but there are things that you can get here in America that dont come so easily in Europe.
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:25 AM GMT
    Europe. Fuck the US.
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    I only have two complaints with European countries:

    1.) Peanut butter?!?
    2.) Western Europe in particular is WAY overdressed. Americans are much better at "letting their hair down."
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:31 AM GMT
    westanimas said2.) Western Europe in particular is WAY overdressed. Americans are much better at "letting their hair down."
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    Exactly.
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:31 AM GMT
    I vote for Europe (Spain especially....god love those Spanish men...oy vey)!
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:32 AM GMT
    enlalinea saidSimply put, there are huge differences among the states in the US and the countries that form Europe, so you can't answer at that level.
    However, some scandinavian countries are among the happiest, plus people live longer in japan and some european countries icon_wink.gif
    People live longer in Japan mostly because of their diet.
    Japan also has the highest suicide rate in the world.
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
    At any rate, I once confronted this choice personally. I came back to the US, not for the United States, but for Colorado and the Rocky Mountains icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    Anduru said
    enlalinea saidSimply put, there are huge differences among the states in the US and the countries that form Europe, so you can't answer at that level.
    However, some scandinavian countries are among the happiest, plus people live longer in japan and some european countries icon_wink.gif
    People live longer in Japan mostly because of their diet.
    Japan also has the highest suicide rate in the world.


    Actually, most of the highest suicide rates are found in the former USSR, particularly Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia.

    http://hken.ibtimes.com/articles/118600/20110303/suicide.htm

    Nevertheless, suicide (especially among young people) remains a serious problem in Japan and South Korea.
  • Houston111

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    Dec 15, 2011 3:40 AM GMT
    On the point about the US banking system, it has to be one of the worst on the industrialized world and most Americans do not know how lagging behind it is. No direct bank to bank transfers, the banks actually print a check when you do an online payment and mail it. Direct debits were almost unheard of until recently. Credit cards have no electronic signature so fraud is frequent. Checks are still very common and no one knows what a smart card is.
  • josh995

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    Dec 15, 2011 3:53 AM GMT
    enlalinea saidSimply put, there are huge differences among the states in the US and the countries that form Europe, so you can't answer at that level.
    However, some scandinavian countries are among the happiest, plus people live longer in japan and some european countries icon_wink.gif


    Ewwww. I want to die a normal death age. Those super old japanese people creep me out. I would never want to be that old icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 15, 2011 4:20 AM GMT
    The only thing I like about Europe is the lack of top 40 that goes on over there, other than that, it has a lot of snobs that really think little of others around them, especially eastern Europeans.

    I'd rather live in the US, top 40 is easily avoided
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    Dec 15, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    I prefer US over Europe anytime.

    Europe is mired in xenophobia, racism and prejudice.
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    Dec 15, 2011 6:18 AM GMT
    OK, someone's got to say it: Split the difference, pick Montréal. icon_wink.gif