It’s no secret that most American food is heavily processed, packaged for convenience, and usually not very tasty or healthy. I was in food heaven in Italy, and Bear really spoiled me with delicious, home-cooked Italian food. Ever since I’ve been back in the Sates, I’ve been having major reverse culture shock!
It started at the restaurant when I got Thai food with my cousin and her husband. International variety is something that I appreciate about American restaurants. Sometimes it’s fun to try out different cuisines! However, I was immediately served a glass of iced tap water. In America, this is a sign of good service, but I can’t handle ice in my water along with the chilly air conditioning that every business blasts, even when it’s barely warm outside! Where were my choices between acqua naturale and acqua frizzante from a bottle!? I didn’t even have a chance to ask for water without ice! I stopped taking ice in my water years ago after living in Europe because I prefer it. Then when I read a study about how dirty ice machines are, and well, that solidified my rationale for NO ICE WATER!!! (Grazie, Italia!)
The next day we went out to all you can eat sushi. I’m from Nevada, and our state is very big on all you can eat buffets. For just $25 we stuffed our faces with roll after roll of sushi. We got a roll called a “summergasm” that we swear we didn’t order and they sent as a joke. I mean, sushi with cream cheese, green apple, crab, salmon, and kiwi purée? It looked as disgusting as it sounds. Then, when we got our bill, I was completely shocked that on top of tax, each of us had to give a $5 tip to the waiter! Even though tipping is part of my culture, it’s shocking to experience it after getting used to paying the price you see on the bill.
Then we had to stop at Walmart because it’s one of the only stores open late (for those of you Italians who have never heard of Walmart, it’s a giant store with everything from groceries to electronics to home goods for discounted prices). Good thing that bella figura exists in Italy because in the US we have “Walmart people” (look if you dare!). The “Walmart people” are a different breed…probably because all of the chemical-laden food has altered their DNA…
Even better…you could eat a deep fried Twinkie in this outfit…perfect for divinoing aka being a couch poatao…and I’ve always wanted to be a mermaid :p Bear, you can be that Batman(?) thingy next to it!
And then there’s the stewed tomatoes, which make me want to gag, and the pre-made sauces like Alfredo…and we all know what Bear thinks about that!
It’s a good thing that I can make my own Italian food at home, with Bear’s help. 😉
Questions for our readers: Have you ever had reverse culture shock? If so, what did you experience?