.. in less than a month!
As a military spouse you have to be prepared to move around a lot, and after living in Wales for a year and a half, the Navy has decided that our next destination will be in the United States of America, more precisely South Carolina. Although we have known for a few years, we haven’t been provided with a specific date for departure, however it’s now less than a month until we cross the pond to the land of the free!
Personally I have never visited the U.S. before and as any normal person I’m both excited and nervous at the same time. But because I have never been there before, I thought it would be interesting to write a post about my expectations and how I think our experience will be, and to then revisit this post about a month after moving there to see if I was spot on, or just doing the classical stereotyping of a people and their country.
- The people – I think the typical American is genuinely kind, welcoming, and above average interested in other people (good thing!), but at the same time a bit unaware of the world around them. Perhaps because in such a large country there is simply “no need” to know about anything else? Or because in the neighbouring state you will still find Americans, and not other nationalities like here in Europe (to be fair I don’t know a whole lot about countries outside of Europe!). These are ofc only my speculations, and I am excited to get to know the average American!
- Guns, guns and more guns – While I can’t see it ever changing, I don’t particularly agree with the American gun politics, however, it is what it is! I’m not sure what to expect here, but I think this is one of those things I’m nervous about experiencing. I think maybe the thought of “everyone” carrying a gun will always be in my head and I won’t feel safe, but then again maybe it’s not as visual as I imagine.
- Alligators, spiders and snakes – This is definitely what I’m most worried about. I’m actually more scared of spiders and other insects compared to bigger and more dangerous animals. The thought of them crawling on me or just touching me, freaks me out. I need to invest in some proper insect killers. Not really sure what to expect here, as I know they most certainly ARE there, but how often on a daily basis will I encounter these creatures, God knows.
- Religion – Speaking of God, I imagine religion is still a big part of the life of the average American. This will be new to me as I’m not raised in a religious family whatsoever, and most people from my country do not have a relationship to a god. Nor have I met very religious people, friends, or family in Great Britain. This might be Hollywood’s fault, but I imagine people still go to church on a Sunday, still say prayers at the dinner table, and still say “God bless you” several times during a conversation. It will be interesting to meet different people, and although I’m not religious myself, I have all the respect for all religions in this world. I like to learn about religions, but I also like to question it.
- Still using cash for everything – There are so many more efficient ways of making transactions in these modern digital days, than to pay cash, however I feel like most Americans still put their trust into the physical dollar bill rather than mobile payments. This also makes public transport and cab journeys more difficult than they have to be (do they even exist?). Making things more difficult than they have to be is like going back in time. Efficiency is key!
So there you have it – a few of my expectations. It will be interesting to see how they turn out in reality! I’m excited to find out.