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25 Things Foreigners Admire About Americans

Reading this really makes me appreciate my country a whole lot more!

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I think Americans get a really bad rap about being gauche and bigoted people in the eyes of foreigners. We can’t be all bad, so I searched through Reddit to find some things people think are actually awesome about us.

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1. Friendliness

My partner’s American and whenever we travel to the States I’m always struck by how ridiculously friendly everyone is. I’ve had long conversations with people I’ve only just met who are just genuinely interested in what life is like in other countries/how I’m finding America etc. And people tend to be very giving of themselves as well. In Britain the standard response to ‘How are you?’ is ‘Fine/great’ whatever, whereas American’s can give you a complete breakdown of their life at the moment (including an in depth medical history id you’re not careful). It’s nice though.

A couple of years ago I was flying in to…

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Remembering Memorial Day

Just thinking about all of the men and women who left their families and gave up their lives for the sake of ours sends chills down my spine. They truly made the ultimate sacrifice and did an extraordinary thing.

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Memorial Day ceremony on the deck of the USS Intrepid, 2009 Memorial Day ceremony on the deck of the USS Intrepid in 2009, where veterans of many generations unfurl an American flag to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice

I have to admit that I bristle every time I hear someone say “Happy Memorial Day” or see an ad for Memorial Day car or furniture sales covered in American flags.  On one hand, it’s great to have a long weekend where a large share of American working families get to have time off together–we work hard, we sacrifice, and we build the best quality of life we can in this country.  We love the beach, the lake, the river, the backyard, or wherever we choose to celebrate that.

But it’s also well worth taking some time to remember why Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States.  This isn’t the same as Veteran’s Day, where we honor and…

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Welcome To My Messy Notebook

First off, I am not an avid blogger or journal junkie. I was never one to write down my thoughts or even write for fun for that matter, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet. There are so many things that I love doing. Like surfing the web, giving my cat attention, and eating to my heart’s content. I have come to notice recently that a lot of the things I have done or have discovered on the internet tend to get lost – meaning they are shoved so far away in my long term memory they might as well not be memories at all. That is why I decided to start a blog that encapsulates everything that fascinates me, as well as some of the things I have done or hope to do. Whether it be a new tune I can’t stop listening to, a viral video that I keep watching over and over again, a mesmerizing photo, or simply something that I have to share with the world. I hope you, the viewer, enjoy my anthology of all my passions and wonders, and find that they are as meaningful to you as they are to me 🙂