"I was there for a student exchange some years ago, and I was pretty weirded out by the Pledge of Allegiance. Nobody told me you guys do that, so when on my first day everyone suddenly stood up and started reciting some stuff to a flag, I briefly wondered if my organization left me in the hands of some cult school."
"The overwhelming number of American flags. Flags everywhere — on storefronts, on lawns, all over public property, on people's cars. So many flags. It was all very, 'YOU'RE IN AMERICA AND DON'T YOU GODDAMN FORGET IT.'"
"One time, my girlfriend took me to an American Girl doll store — like one of the huge ones that has its own building. And boy, I was not prepared for that. These dolls were treated a little too realistically for my taste."
"The size of rats and the amount of cockroaches. I saw a roadkill cockroach the size of a tennis ball at the Grand Canyon. I have lived in Berlin for years, and I have yet to see any rat that comes close to New York rats."