KenBE wrote:Haha, yeah this always happens to me when I get back to my country (Belgium).
Here is what I usually notice:
-Cars are all brand new and shiny.
-People drive slowly, traffic is organised and nobody uses their car horn.
-Everything is a lot greener compared to the Peruvian landscape
-People are pale and have different hair/eye colors
-People are taller
-When you buy something people don't check the money to see if it is fake
-I don't get stared at and nobody notices me
-There are very few taxis
-People dress differently
I was going to update this with my last few days' experiences, and this list pretty much captures it! The driving is tough, because I adapt quickly to Lima, then drive like a madman when I get back to the US and have to remember to slow down.
Some other differences:
-- Lots more tattoos
-- Piercings (just don't see them in Peru!)
-- I speak more. Because my Spanish is still not-so-hot, I stay silent a lot of the time in Peru (and everyone, no doubt is grateful for that!) In the US I am back to yammering (as part of my job) and it's strange talking so much.
-- Starbucks everywhere! (Although I am using my Peru experience to wean me off coffee, which isn't really good for me.)
-- People of many more colors here in the US.
Thing thing I don't fully understand is the food. In restaurants in Peru, and in the home I stay in, I am always served large portions, but I actually either lose weight or at least don't gain any. In just a week in the US I can feel myself gaining weight from the giant portions they serve everywhere. (I travel a lot, so am stuck eating in restaurants, although am avoiding fast food this time around.)
I think the natural ingredients in Peruvian food allows you to eat large portions without a big impact on your metabolism, and thus no weight gain. I am trying to mimic in the US what I would eat in Peru, so I don't gain weight (my clothes fit nice now!), but it's hard. I don't know what the secret is.