They say it is always greener on the other side. Each part of the world has distinct features that appeal to many non-natives. The same is true for Europe, a continent of history, culture, and positive attitudes. American travelers envy these European offers they encountered on their trips.
1. Common Nightingale
Nightingales are melodious little birds that can often be found secretly hiding in English shrubbery. These birds frequently nest throughout European woodlands, making several American members jealous.
2. Low Crime Rate
Scandinavia is known to be one of the safest regions in the world. It boasts a peaceful environment, so citizens can enjoy their day without fearing violent crime. A user comments, “I was going to say ‘parents that leave a baby outside by themselves,’ but Scandinavia is a shorter way to say that.”
3. Windows With Multiple Openings
Most common in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, tilt and turn windows open two ways. This style is nearly the default in Europe, making it an architectural delight. The French-opening windows also look stunning as they can be opened inward or outward.
4. No Small Talk
“A wonderful aversion to banal small talk” is a European offering one American user longs for. In America, such “void talk” requires one to go out of their way to talk about things no one else cares about. However, another person points out that it depends on the European country you’re visiting.
4. Worker Rights
A European commenter shares how they commonly have thirty days of paid leave, excluding sick leave, which is paid separately. Legally, a workday consists of eight working hours with limits on overtime. Such rights are a dream for most working in the U.S.
5. Christmas Markets
These markets are an ode to Christmas celebrations, hosting open-air stalls with seasonal items alongside traditional singing and dancing. “Seriously, America, we need to get on this train. We have farmers’ markets and flea markets in the summer; we need to get them up in the wintertime! And add bratwursts,” comments one user.
6. Data Privacy
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an EU law known to be the strictest data privacy law in the whole world. A commenter highlights the absurdity of American citizens not having the protection of their data despite it being a right.
7. Historical Buildings
Architecture enthusiasts will understand why European buildings and structures are so unique. With many over 500 years old, some are still used as residences and functioning facilities instead of being turned into ruins or historical sites.
8. Affordable Healthcare
Many members couldn’t resist commenting about the perils of American healthcare. Its high cost makes it inaccessible as those with average or below average can’t even afford to visit a physical for a regular checkup. In contrast, many European countries offer mainly free healthcare.
9. Kinder Surprise
Many American members will never get over the fact that Kinder Surprise is still banned in the country. After much struggle, the regular Kinder Joy eggs became available, but many still crave the ones that have unique toys inside.
10. Free Education
As college tuition is rising in America, many can’t help but envy European higher education. With little to no tuition fees, European universities offer a promising, high-quality education accessible to all.
11. Quality Food
As most European countries exercise strict food and drug quality control, one doesn’t have to worry about consuming food with excessive chemicals and preservatives. “I was shocked at how good the food quality is in Europe. It puts us to shame, honestly,” comments one person.
12. Complex Chocolates
The delectable wonders of Belgian chocolate are no secret. Most American chocolates tend to have higher sugar content and lesser cocoa than European variants, so they are too sweet or not as rich in flavor. Not to mention, the quality of ingredients is compromised for American chocolate bars.
13. Modest Tips
“Paying waiters enough so that customers don’t have to add another 20% on top of overpriced food,” comments one. Unlike America, tipping in European restaurants is only five to ten percent, and that is if the service fee isn’t already covering it.
14. Flavorful Coffee
The coffee culture in Europe is drastically different from America. Where most Americans consume coffee to enhance energy levels, Italians tend to drink it to enjoy the rich flavor of the beans. The culture of simply savoring coffee is reflected in the beautiful cafes of Europe as opposed to the rush of grabbing coffee to-go on your way to work.
15. Public Transit System
A visitor to Spain and France comments on how splendid and reliable European public transportation is. It’s accessible, fast, affordable, and incredibly safe, making trains the best mode of transport in most European countries.
16. More Relaxed
Europeans tend to prioritize their time, balance work-life schedules, value free time, and be less neurotic about being punctual. They take more extended vacations and are not encouraged to work long hours by employers. Studies show that Americans have a higher level of stress-related illnesses than those in Europe and Japan. There has been an increasing shift in the states toward reducing hours and stress and enjoying life more. They say you only get to go around once.
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