The Differences Between Europe and the US December 12, 2006Posted by gordonwatts in travel.
I’ve not been here in a while, and I’d forgotten several things. For example: walking into the airport I hit by… cigarette smoke — something I never smell in the US.
And my rental car. It is a VW passat, diesel, shift. It is a nice car: spritely and fast. If VW wasn’t having quality problems I’d probably try to get Paula to buy one. This was an upgrade. On my last trip to Chicago they gave me a upgrade as well (I always get the cheapest car possible). It was a Chrysler 300. A typical American car: large, small windows, mushy accelerator. The European version is so much more fun to drive!
And then there is a hotel room. I was in a Marriott Courtyard with free Internet a huge (very comfortable bed) last time I was in Chicago for $50 bucks. Here I’m paying 60 Euros (about 75 bucks) and the bed mattress is very thin, one towel in the whole place, no Internet. On the other hand, my US hotel window view was the parking lot. Check out the view above that I have here: the Jura.
And with the weak dollar everything here is soo expensive!