Discrepancies: Italy vs. the U.S.

  1. While most adult Americans wake up at the crack of dawn, go for a morning jog, read the paper, read their emails, eat breakfast and do whatever else in the time span of 5:30am-8:30am before leaving for work and starting their day at 9:00, Italians do not. Many places of business in Italy open later than they do in the U.S, giving the day a later start. The working/corporate world of Italy is incredibly chill to say the least.
  2. Since the day starts later, and people move through life at a more relaxed pace in Italia, it definitely goes without saying that everything else is timed later in Italy than in the U.S and everything else moves slower in Italy than in the U.S. Exhibit A: Italians eat dinner around 9:00 sometimes later, while we Americans eat at times ranging from 6:00-8:00.
  3. Italians, and most other Europeans, know about the politics of other countries and the countries surrounding them. Many Americans barely know about their own politics.
  4. Number one thing I wondered the entire time I was in Europe: what is the European fascination with Pringles. They’re arguably one of the worst American snack foods (sorry everyone, but we have some much better prospects). It’s so bizarre to me, but it’s also incredibly embarrassing that Italians and Europeans seem to think that Pringles are God’s gift to Earth, when most of the Americans I know do not. The same goes for fast food restaurants.
  5. A main issue that the U.S has that Italy does not is the one of overindulging in pretty much everything. Booze, food, caffeine, material items, you name it. It’s a lot of the reason they dislike Americans so much, aside from the next discrepancy.
  6. Americans are so ridiculously loud. Traveling in Europe, it was never difficult to identify a stereotypical American because not only were they probably wearing shorts and sandals, but they were also speaking ten notches above a normal level.
  7. Americans wear shorts and sandals, Italians do not.
  8. The first thing I want when I wake up in the morning is a Venti coffee. First thing I think about. You can’t find that in Italy. Italians definitely judge Americans for their caffeine intake as well as the invention of iced coffee, which is few and far between in Italy. When you do find it, it’s usually pretty gross.
  9. Italians eat croissants for breakfast; Americans eat deliciously satisfying egg sandwiches.
  10. Italians are die-hard soccer fans, baseball the second slowest sport to golf, is the American pastime.