I have come to question the insular nature of America, and would like to see different views on this,
particularly from the Americans themselves. Watching Live 8 on BBC 1 it was evident that it was not just those in
Hyde Park, London and the Eden Project, Cornwall who were partaking in Live 8- from the 27 million of Britains who signed up,
and millions watching it was a national movement which far-outstripped the U.S.A. But what I found most shocking is this:
70% of Americans do not own a passport, and of the 30% that do, 80% have never been outside America.
Now i am a typical 17 year old from Buckinghamshire, England and i have been to the following places:
Germany (school trip)
Florence, Italy (school trip)
And on Wednesday i'm headed to Paris, France. (school trip)
This summer i'm off to Iceland.
Now don't get me wrong, i love the U.K. and there's plenty i want to see here- The Lake District, more of our castles, Cornwall, Bath, etc. however- i'd also LOVE to see:
Italy (especially Rome), Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Switzerland, Norway, Prague, Greece, Thailand....etc. I can't imagine being confined in one albeit very large country.
Arguments i can pre-empt:
Money- yes it must be a lot more expensive for you guys to head to France, say, than us. However- you have Canada (fantastic country) and Mexico right next door to you.
Cultural differences within the USA so vast you have everything already- HA! Nothing you have is anything like Japan, Moscow, Egypt, France, the gorgeous Italy...it doesn't compare. The cultures are so varied and amazing.
Some must sees in your lifetime (a mon avis):
Basically- how on EARTH can you not want to go to all the amazing countries in the world?!!! I can't grasp that concept.
Then again, this is the same country that decided Kerry being fluent in french was a BAD thing..?!?!
What do you guys think? This was not intended as America-bashing btw, i'm just really curious!
On the topic link: http://www.nakedtran...4/04/000130.php
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Edited by SparkyCola, 03 July 2005 - 03:32 PM.