In the past I have enjoyed making fun of Americans (since we are their lapdog, and bitter about all they have that we don't, it is necessary - plus of course some of my closest friends are American, and mocking is the Australian way of showing friendship)...but now that I have enjoyed my first Florida-free (and therefore, best) US trip, I thought it timely to write about some of the (many) things I loved about the US. Plus, I can write it as a list and be lazy, which totally suits me :D
2) Tide laundry powder - ok, I didn't get to actually use it this time. But did enjoy the delightful Tide scent in the supermarket and on random people. Next time I am definitely bringing a few packs back. Nicest smelling laundry product ever. Plus brings me happy memories of opening ebay parcels (I used to buy a lot of 'lots' of kids' clothes from ebay...which brings me to the next....)
4) The scenery - sooo pretty - I loved the types of trees, the greenery, the water (whether natural or manmade, all pretty). The trees were just starting to change colour when I was there, which made it even better. Even the crops were more interesting and beautiful than our standard of wheat and lupins.
5) Drive through stuff - not just McDonalds etc, but they have drive through pharmacies and even banks (which of course I made my friend drive through and use so I could take photos :D). In one town there was even a drive through subway (which apparently is not a usual thing, but still, there was one).
6) Ease of buying alcohol - at least in Virginia. You could buy it from the supermarket. From the 7-11. Even from the pharmacy. So, alcohol is available 24-7. Living in a place where it can only be purchased in bottles from liquor stores, which close by about 10, and by 8 on Sundays, I found this amazing (and wonderful :D)
8) The houses. Ok, I am not keen on the flimsy construction which means that you can hear what your next door neighbour is watching on TV. But the style is so pretty in the region I visited, whether 'townhomes' or um 'normal' homes. And of course, basements are super cool. I loved going down to the basement to 'do laundry' like an American. And that there are three levels in a lot of houses. The windows. The decks. Very exciting.
9) The people. Now, of course, please keep in mind that I was only in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and DC for any amount of time. And of course that I did encounter some from other places (and ok, even from other parts of Pennsylvania) who were loud, demanding and abrasive (amusingly enough, most often about making sure there was enough meat and fat (ie half and half vs 'normal' 2% milk) in their food). But in general the people I encountered were friendly (to a cute degree) and really quite adorable.
12) Chipotle. Fabulous Mexican food, that actually seemed healthy. In huge size servings. And best guacamole ever!
16) Dulles Airport. Nicely set out, and even the carparks seemed to lack the usual airport chaos. The trains were supercool. The airport was clean, and with decent and reasonably priced food options. And the luggage even came out onto the conveyor in a cute way.
17) The schoolbuses. Sooo cute. I love the colour, I love the shape, they are just delightful. And most definitely photoworthy. Plus, of course, like everything else in American, because we grow up watching American shows with American stuff, they seem famous and exciting.