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“Free Refills!”
05-13-08, 12:03 am
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Answer: Free Refills!
Questions: Best thing about the US is ___?  What will you miss the most?

 We had our final group discussion with the exchange students over the weekend.  We talked about serious issues (reverse culture shock) and silly stuff like food.

I think we’re the only country in the world with free refills.  The kids are always thrilled to discover they can drink as much soda as they want.  OHMYGAWD, these kids love free refills.  In many other countries, a serving size of pop is 8-ounces without refills.  They also enjoy 59¢ gigunda cups of fountain soda from convenience stores.

What else do they adore?  Taco Bell!  Bacon! (We do have the best bacon in the world.  P’s grandma used to boil bacon. ick.)  Wendy’s Baconator and Frostys.  Kraft macaroni & cheese. Peanut butter cheesecake.  Pop-tarts.  Pizza, cookies, and french fries for school lunch.  Doughnuts.  Did I mention Taco Bell?   Most of the junk food they made fun of back in August.  Chicken nuggets. Dairy Queen.  Orbit Mint Mojito gum.  Ranch dressing. Caesar salad.  Brownies, Chocolate chip cookies.  Cheese. Gatorade.  Oreos.

I asked the kids how many of them went to a drive-thru and ate in the car before coming to the states.  They all laughed.  This year was the first time that most of the kids had used a drive-thru, but only one or two had eaten in the car.  A FES said the first time his hostfamily went through the drive-thru, he sat with his bag an drink on his lap while the rest of the family ate in the car.  They told him to go ahead and eat, but he waited until he returned home.  He took a proper plate and glass out of the cupboard, and put his food and drink in them, sat down and ate.  Now he looks back, and just laughs. 

Not a one of them will miss the bread here.


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something they dont have in my hostcountry…or hostcontinent as far as ive seen — Reeses. I miss them so much! lol, and Im not the only american who thinks that too, we just have our parents send tons of them every time a package comes 😛
oh, and i wanted to watch the 5th season of Nip/Tuck as it came out on TV, you never see it here lol.

and i have to agree that people are much warmer/nicer in the US

…and i miss the free refils, free public restrooms, (usually) free tap water

Comment by M

I’ve got to admit that most of the things in this post I can’t wait to get back too. Especially Taco bell. Oh how I miss mexican food. Oh and Ice. I can’t wait to get back and have all my drinks cold! lol.

Comment by Abigail

Did they miss anything besides food?

I think I would miss the space – lots and lots of space everywhere – your house, your car, a 6-lane freeway, your yard, the school, the supermarket, farmers’ fields on the way to my grandma’s house, waiting rooms, the mall… And quiet – I like less people (even when I’m not cranky 🙂 ). With that much space and a lot less people, it’s just way quieter.

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