I am an American by birth, but my husband and I moved away for a few years and then had to reintegrate upon arrival.
The hardest thing to get used to is the abundance of everything, and all of the food with preservatives.
Prior to leaving, like most Americans we would do our grocery shopping once a week or so and stick it in the fridge, stock the pantry with crap, and head to Home Depot or Walmart or the mall when we needed something – anything. We would order things for overnight delivery if we couldn’t find it in stock.
America is an on-demand, at-your-service, wish-granted type of place.
Out of the country, pretty much anywhere we’ve been, we have had to find the “one” guy that “might” sell that thing we need, if he has it, if he’s open, if if if…
We went grocery shopping daily because “dorm fridges” are the norm in most places. And fruit/veg spoil quick.
Overnight shipping? Pfft. Try fortnight, if you are lucky. And be prepared for a heavy customs duty.
Living abroad while American you either get with the program of living “simply” (as we did) or you crack and run back to the land of instant gratification.
So yes, I’d say that is the biggest shock – one I still experienced even though I knew it was coming.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-hardest-thing-to-get-used-to-or-strangest-thing-you-have-encountered-after-moving-specifically-to-America
Originally Posted On: 2015-12-24