My Ongoing list of things I’ve learned while living in the United States. It’s been 2 years and it’s been getting longer so I decided to put it in a blog.

 My Ongoing list of things I’ve learned while living in the United States]; it started at Western Michigan University, but then I forgot about it. Lately I’ve picked it up again and added stuff. It’s been 2 years now and it’s been getting longer so I decided to put it in a blog. Feel free to correct me grammar people 🙂

Things I’ve learned while living in the United States for 8 months..

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1- Americans have more then enough T- shirts, food and condoms, that’s why they raffle them or simply give them away

2- Only America would come up with a contest such as ” the chili challenge” where your insides are burned and churned. My stomach has been messed up ever since; I would recommend never entering a contest that has the word ” chili” on it.

3- Gaining AT LEAST 5 or 10 pounds in America and KEEPING them is ALMOST inevitable. Fries, pizza and burgers ARE EVERYWHERE, if I walk a few feet from my house I will inevitably run into a Mcdonald’s. I am sure they are even in your dreams, so go on eat a fry or two and enjoy life…not to many though 😛

4- The first thing you see when entering an American’s house is a HUGE TV with a stack of movies on the side. The group of movies usually includes ” The best of Disney”and classics such as: Shrek, Toy story, up robot, etc. THERE IS always one of those dinosaur movies and the most BORING ACTION MOVIES EVER, such as Die hard and the fast and the furious. Can’t leave the Christmas movies out

5- We, the non north American folk, love WHITE GUYS ( or white girls, haha) because our own are boring. They, in contrast love Dominican’s ( or any other country) because white girls and guys are boring to them, what a nice contrast huh?!

6-Radio stations play the same songs OVER AND OVER AND OVER until I want to throw them up, and I thought Dominicans stations were bad, at least we have a variety of at least 20 songs.

7- At first it baffled me that there was no waste basket to throw away toilet paper, I always thought “did they forget to put a waste basket? then I noticed nobody had waste baskets in their bathroom, so I understood.. ” its suppose to be thrown in the toilet” . Sooo.. my friend thinks it’s gross we throw toilet paper in the waste basket, but I think its just as gross to throw it in the toilet.. I mean, sure it dissapears fast, but eeww, where does it end up?

8- Does everyone use a cup in America to brush their teeth? I don’t get the deal with the cup

9- It’s amazing how everyone just disappears the second an event or a meeting is over.. ( ex, fireworks at the beach the 4th of july: hours waiting, its over, two seconds later everyone is getting up to leave.

10- some girls in the states just dress like dudes.. its ok if they do, its just, It’s different. Everyone in Dominican is always dressed up in tight clothes, high heels, freshly done hair.. why? where are you going? to get some toilet paper at the store? ooooh ok, it makes sense now. I guess I can’t identify with either.


11- Americans have wipes to clean ANYTHING! any type of butt and any type of surface! yea!


12-  Where are the people that wear all the nice clothes they sell at the store? cause I haven’t seen one American that isn’t in jeans and a t-shirt” ( ok wait.. 2 years later I have noticed people wear nice stuff in the summer, so I might take that back 🙂


13- While watching the movie Spanglish I always love the part when the girl ( which is very upset in the moment) tells her mom ” not now I need some space’ and the mom very firmly and lovingly says ” NO SPACE BETWEEN US” Can’t think of a better way to define the difference between many north American families and Hispanic/Latin families. While I can see disadvantages in both no space and to much space I will definitely pick no space; why? even though fights might sometimes be more frequent when you are “to close” the love and support I get from my family out weight all of that. Plus we get to keep our grandma’s and grandpa’s close, very close, as in the same house close :O)


14- At Wedding’s: People in the states say a few words and dig in right in, while in Dominican people will dance until midnight and FINALLY AT THE END HAVE DINNER.. which is torture. I guess it’s cool if you have killer dance moves, but I’m the girl sitting over there…watching the cool people show off their moves ( it’s ok people, you can).  Take me to an American wedding, I’m hungry.


15- In the States all the girls curl their hair for weddings, while in Dominican ALL the girls straighten it. It takes both groups HOURS to do it.


16- Nobody lives here in the winter ( shhhh we are hiding, it’s cold). EVERYBODY lives here in the summer, and they have dogs. I wonder where those dogs pee all winter…hmm.

17- It seems everyone ( well at least here in MI) has a small dog for company. Everyone has dogs in Dominican too, but BIG SCARY ONES to keep robbers away