September 27, 2011

3 Things I Love About America

I am an American by birth. I believe it’s after my experiences living abroad, I can understand my American culture and appreciate some aspects of it when I am not there.

Here are three things I really love about America:

Though every country has it’s own version of multiculturalism, America is known for attracting people from cultures around the globe. In America, a person can meet someone from a remote country or a popular country and learn about their culture and traditions. Also, when there are enough people from that country settled in various parts of the USA, we find restaurants, cultural organizations and ethnic stores that anyone can visit to learn more about diverse, global lifestyles.

Travel is Easy
Traveling from the east coast to the west coast by car is relatively easy in the USA. It’s a big country, but the road network is well connected and such a long trip of 3,000 miles can be done within a few days if no stops are made. Many highways are equipped with free, public restrooms and rest areas along the way to grab a bite to eat, do your laundry or buy some staples. It is also relatively safe to travel alone as a man or woman. With the advent of cell phones, emergency calls can be made almost anywhere. On most highways there are also emergency phones located so many miles apart from each other in the event of an accident or problem.

Emergencies are Easy to Report
911 is a well-known three digit phone number that can be utilized for emergencies in most parts of America. 911 can be used to report fires, medical emergencies, crimes and other emergencies. There is no need to have a long list of hard to remember numbers when 911 can be easily dialed at any time. Once 911 or the emergency number is called, in most areas and cases a police person, ambulance or fire truck can report to the scene within a reasonable amount of time.

Though there are many more things I like about my own country, these three things I appreciate can be appreciated by most everyone that visits America. Enjoy your stay, and stay safe.

Jennifer Kumar co-creator of two cross-cultural training programs: Living and Working in USA – an online multi-media cross-cultural course for those planning to live, work and study in America.

@2011 Jennifer Kumar, Do not reprint.


  1. AAD, I am soooo sorry I have not responded to your comments. I agree with your points. :) One thing I realized about shopping in the US, especially after living abroad, is that we are spoiled in the US. For the most part, things are stocked, sometimes overstocked, and it's so easily available. This is not always true in other parts of the world. We, in the US, also have more, and cheaper access to imported goods from around the world. Imported goods (especially food stuff) are generally more affordable to the middle class than imported (food) in other parts of the world.

  2. I live here in USA for past 32 years and enjoying it. They are so much positive things here and negative things too. One important thing is personal freedom. I love it. I used to miss my home which is Tamil Nadu, but after Facebook, there is no prob
    Ems. Meeting new people, his hooping and watching movies etc, etc,.
    Happy 4 th, Jennifer.

  3. Thanks Asha. Happy to read your message. Enjoy your vacation.
    I agree, internet in general has made it easier to be far from home, but there are things still missed of course!


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