I don’t know about you, but when you are living in a foreign land, no matter how familiar you may deem it to be, there are things that are just odd and / or different from what you were used to. Here are just some of the things I’ve noticed in the year or so that we’ve been here…
- In Texas, the hottest times of the day are between 4-5PM. I was so used to the fact that both in the Philippines and Dubai, 12noon-1PM were the hours to avoid being under the sun. In your neck of the US, what are the hottest times of the day?
- The Catholic Churches here have a nifty way of collecting tithes from their parishioners. As new comers, we were asked to complete the new comer form including some personal details like names (of course), family members and home address. After which, expect to receive collection envelopes monthly. You can actually request for a report on how much you’ve donated to the church because you can use the information come tax season. Yes, donations to the Church are tax exempt!
- I grew up watching the TV show “Rescue 911” and I always assumed that the service is free. But sorry to say that it is not like most healthcare services (which also depend per state). This is how it works: you call them, perform the service and then send the bill later. So better not be tempted to call 911 unless in dire emergency situations.
- Americans must have two outdoor chairs: rocking chairs, a bench, beach chairs, or whatever, on their porch or patio. It even doesn’t have to be in a proper house. A pair of outdoor chairs is an essential even if you just live in an apartment.
- Want to dig in your back or front yard? WAIT! You’ve got to make sure that you won’t hit any utility lines: gas, water, telecommunications, etc, underground. You wouldn’t want to make your or even your entire neighborhood’s life miserable eh?
Any random observations you’ve picked up in your own host country?