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European Lifestyle vs. American Lifestyle
12-21-2011, 01:28 AM
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European Lifestyle vs. American Lifestyle
Two words: Holy shit.

The way of life here is completely different from the U.S.! Everywhere, people walking, bakeries selling amazing food, and the cold climate. Big Grin

Now I understand why all the "Anti-obesity" campaigns are going on in the States! I see here people of all ages walking everywhere. It's such a difference.

Old people walking long distances in the cold, and of course in groups. Old ladies going to the cafe to share a cup of coffee and then continue cruising the cities. You see little of that in the States. I also see old people at 2:00 past midnight still walking the streets! No wonder the quality of life here is high and people live to be very old.

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12-21-2011, 05:12 AM
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RE: European Lifestyle vs. American Lifestyle
I think this might be better in the debate section. lol

Part of what you're talking about has to do with city design. In the US, we designed our cities in the age of vehicles. When most European cities were built, there WERE no fast-moving vehicles, and the clear majority of people walked everywhere. That's how they've done things for centuries in Europe... and it's stuck in the mindset.

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12-21-2011, 05:25 AM
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RE: European Lifestyle vs. American Lifestyle
(12-21-2011 05:12 AM)Badjedidude Wrote:  I think this might be better in the debate section. lol

Part of what you're talking about has to do with city design. In the US, we designed our cities in the age of vehicles. When most European cities were built, there WERE no fast-moving vehicles, and the clear majority of people walked everywhere. That's how they've done things for centuries in Europe... and it's stuck in the mindset.

I agree! you tell em like it is!! ((:

lol but yes if more of the 'older' folks would move about, there wouldn't be so many arthritic ridden seniors!

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12-21-2011, 05:27 AM
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RE: European Lifestyle vs. American Lifestyle
I hear a lot of people talking about how much better life is in Europe but we came over here to America for a reason, no?
Different yes. But better? I guess it depends on what your definition of better is and what aspects of life you're looking at.
There are wonderful things about both lifestyles.
For example, the average work week in France is about 40 hours (and with more vacation time) but in America it is often much longer than that (and less vacation time). So while Americans may overextend themselves, they also tend to have a higher income. But the French seem to be content with less "stuff" than Americans so a lower income (as long as quality of life is good) may not be so important.
This is just one example, but now that the Euro is where it is, economies worldwide are tanking and life everywhere is hard.
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12-21-2011, 05:39 AM
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RE: European Lifestyle vs. American Lifestyle
American's always say that, even when they come to Canada, unless you go to Toronto. Big Grin LOL You guys have to drive down to the corner store that's only 2 blocks away.

Ppfffttt, cold, you don't know cold. Today it is -4C here, that's warm for this time of year. Last year it was well below that.

Anyway, now that I'm done making fun of out two countries, at least you are having a good time there and getting some culture. Sounds like it has been good for you.

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12-21-2011, 06:47 AM
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Yeah when I went to Canada my sister and I went for walks and stuff and people would be staring at us like we were crazy.

I walk everywhere near enough and take the train for longer jorneys. I used to walk 5 miles a day when I was at school...
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12-21-2011, 09:57 AM
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RE: European Lifestyle vs. American Lifestyle
(12-21-2011 05:27 AM)roguewave Wrote:  I hear a lot of people talking about how much better life is in Europe but we came over here to America for a reason, no?
Different yes. But better? I guess it depends on what your definition of better is and what aspects of life you're looking at.
There are wonderful things about both lifestyles.
For example, the average work week in France is about 40 hours (and with more vacation time) but in America it is often much longer than that (and less vacation time). So while Americans may overextend themselves, they also tend to have a higher income. But the French seem to be content with less "stuff" than Americans so a lower income (as long as quality of life is good) may not be so important.
This is just one example, but now that the Euro is where it is, economies worldwide are tanking and life everywhere is hard.
we who?
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12-21-2011, 10:04 AM
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RE: European Lifestyle vs. American Lifestyle
(12-21-2011 09:57 AM)Chasm Wrote:  
(12-21-2011 05:27 AM)roguewave Wrote:  I hear a lot of people talking about how much better life is in Europe but we came over here to America for a reason, no?
Different yes. But better? I guess it depends on what your definition of better is and what aspects of life you're looking at.
There are wonderful things about both lifestyles.
For example, the average work week in France is about 40 hours (and with more vacation time) but in America it is often much longer than that (and less vacation time). So while Americans may overextend themselves, they also tend to have a higher income. But the French seem to be content with less "stuff" than Americans so a lower income (as long as quality of life is good) may not be so important.
This is just one example, but now that the Euro is where it is, economies worldwide are tanking and life everywhere is hard.
we who?
LoL

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12-21-2011, 12:54 PM
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(12-21-2011 05:39 AM)Sci-Fi Wrote:  American's always say that, even when they come to Canada, unless you go to Toronto. Big Grin LOL You guys have to drive down to the corner store that's only 2 blocks away.

Ppfffttt, cold, you don't know cold. Today it is -4C here, that's warm for this time of year. Last year it was well below that.

Anyway, now that I'm done making fun of out two countries, at least you are having a good time there and getting some culture. Sounds like it has been good for you.
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12-21-2011, 01:47 PM
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RE: European Lifestyle vs. American Lifestyle
(12-21-2011 05:12 AM)Badjedidude Wrote:  I think this might be better in the debate section. lol

Part of what you're talking about has to do with city design. In the US, we designed our cities in the age of vehicles. When most European cities were built, there WERE no fast-moving vehicles, and the clear majority of people walked everywhere. That's how they've done things for centuries in Europe... and it's stuck in the mindset.

I kinda disagree with this somehow. putting it in an asian context, the philippines is like the US in terms that it's not common for people to walk around and roam around the city. Conveniently enough, we have easy transportation for that at a very cheap cost. But it's different in Singapore and Hongkong, young countries that were generally built more on a european model than american. Same as Ak5's observation, old people there can walk at great distance that most 20-ish people here would complain about if forced to walk. But when you think about it, both countries too are among the nations with very modern systems of transportation and they also have cheap transportation. I think it's more on the culture.
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