3."I've been to New Orleans, and everyone was calling me 'honey,' 'sugar,' 'babe,' 'sunshine,' and 'love.' I found it very sweet, blushed every time, and couldn't get enough of it! On the other hand...the amount of ice you put in your drinks is ridiculous."
7."Good: Very welcoming people. Americans will invite you into their home after knowing you for five minutes. Bad: Poverty and derelict infrastructure everywhere once you're off main streets. Neutral: Everything has to be gigantic. From buildings to cars, food portions to airports — everything except spoons. Spoons are ridiculously small for some reason?"
10."My parents went to Houston on a business trip a couple of years back, and — outside of the obvious things — they were really surprised not to have a water option for breakfast at their hotel...just sodas. I mean, fruit juices were also available for breakfast, but that’s standard. If you want to sweeten it a little? Sure. But sodas?! As in Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Fanta, and the likes? For breakfast?! Just...why?!"
14."My family hosted a high school–age foreign exchange student from Japan, and he had difficulty dealing with how informal student-teacher interactions were. He really hated the lack of classroom discipline and felt teachers moved way too slowly in core subjects. He wrote us that, after he returned to Japan, he had to take supplemental courses to catch up to his classmates."