So I’m back in the US for the first time in two years, and its strange how you forget how certain things go when you’ve been gone from the States for such a long time.
Just some quick thoughts:
– I have forgotten how to interact with Americans. In China, you mainly go through life without talking to people you don’t know. Bump into someone? Keep moving. Open the door for someone? No acknowledgement. Buy a coffee? Just order what you want, but no conversation. Shopping? Just how much is it? Eating alone? Just order. I have clearly forgotten how much Americans talk to each other and for the first week I was very slow to respond to people talking to me. But over the last week, I had conversations in restaurants, in stores, in coffee shops and at the gas station. It’s a strange adjustment to make.
– After being in China, I am a much more cautious driver in the US. Maybe because I don’t have any place to be at any particular time, I let cars go in front and stick near the speed limit, but more I think its the fact I’m not used to going this fast in a car anymore!
– Everything is cheap if you’re paid in RMB! This is dangerous.
– More to come later: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Portland, Seattle.