I’m a Terrible American
Living in a foreign country (again) has reminded me of how many ways in which I don’t fit a lot of what is expected of Americans. Here are a few of them:
- I don’t like McDonald’s. I don’t even eat McDonald’s in the USA. I definitely don’t want to visit the [insert current location] version of it.
- I don’t miss “American” food, because my diet is primarily whole foods which can be found anywhere that I’ve traveled.
- I’m not fat. (See #1). I’m also not blonde or tan despite the fact that I am from Florida.
- I oftentimes don’t agree with the stereotypes that most other Americans are said to believe. I know that not all of Spain is about flamenco, I don’t assume all people of Middle Eastern descent are potential terrorists, and I’m not worried about cocaine dealers in Colombia. I also understand that not all Spanish speakers are Mexican.
- I’m not rich. It’s actually pretty discouraging how little money I have left in my American bank account. At least half of my income in Colombia is going towards rebuilding a small amount of savings so that I can afford to move again and go back to school to finish my degree.
- I didn’t pay a lot of money for my Iphone (See #5). It came with the contract for $0.99.
- I’m not interested in cheating on my boyfriend. Period. The fact that I live thousands of miles away from him does not change this.
- I know almost nothing about celebrities, American or not.
- I don’t drink that much. I’ve never been drunk and being in a foreign country has not made me suddenly interested in doing so.
- Partying is never one of my main goals in life. I’ll go to parties occasionally, but I’m never the one to close them down, nor will I seek them out.
- I’m not interested in sleeping with people. This would be the same even if I didn’t have a boyfriend.
- I don’t watch the Simpsons, Jersey Shore, Family Guy or pretty much anything at all for that matter.
- I am not a Republican or a Democrat. I neither hate nor love our current president.
- My family is really important to me, and I miss them a lot.
- I’m not all that interesting. I’m a homebody, wherever that “home” may be. I also really like sleeping.