Final Trip Reflections

After having spent three weeks in Europe, there are a few things I am thankful to have in the United States that I had previously taken for granted, and there are a few things that I think we can learn from Europe. First, I am thankful to have free water in the United States. For the most part, wherever you went in Europe, you had to pay for water, and oftentimes it cost as much as beer or soda. In addition, there are virtually no drinking fountains in Europe. This made me appreciate the fact that we have cheap/free water here in the United States. Another thing that I enjoy having in the United States is free bathrooms. In Europe, if you wanted to use a bathroom, you either had to pay for it or you had to buy something from a restaurant that had a bathroom. Again, it is nice to have free bathrooms in the United States.

There are also a few things that I think Europe does better than the United States. One major difference between the United States and Europe is quality. In Europe, quality is emphasized in almost everything, from the meals to the production line to the businesses. For example, when buying a Coke at a meal, you would oftentimes be given the drink in a glass Coke bottle and then given another nice glass to pour the drink into. In the United States, however, you oftentimes are given a paper cup to drink out of. It seems that while Europe stresses having good quality in everything, the United States stresses having the cheapest products with okay quality. I think that one of the things we can learn from Europe is having a little better quality in various aspects of society.

~Paul Griffioen

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