In my continuing quest to separate myself from the typical/stereotypical American, I’ve discovered that the things I want and even do on a daily basis is inherently European. Sure I’ve been told I have a stick up my ass about certain things which I can say isn’t very European but as for everything else, I’m not sure I’m so far off. Since this will make more sense as a list, I’ll stick with that as the format for presenting my justification.
1. I prefer Nutella over peanut butter any day of the week. Actually a European co-worker of mine one day came into my office, saw this, and straightened me out.
2. One of my dreams is to sell my car, buy a Vespa, and live in SF. I’m sure many people say that San Francisicans are incredibly smug by thinking that it’s the closest thing to being a European city but I’ve also heard this from actual Europeans so I don’t think it’s BS anymore.
3. I specifically chose to support endeavors that are European or apps that are made by European companies over American companies (Pop-Up City, Endomondo). And if you think about it, that’s crazy because I live in Silicon Valley and I know at least 30 startups that are primarily there to make apps.
4. I love sitting in cafes/coffee shops reading or getting work done in all hours of the day. Sure it’s something I picked up from being a college student but I don’t know anyone who would actually enjoy doing something like that by themselves. When I was in Barcelona, my parents and I ate late at a restaurant (around 9 pm), I saw business men and locals conversing and having dinner. Restaurants stay open till 2 am so the idea of being able to hang out in a restaurant late at night is lovely.
5. I’m not sure if this is a European thing as much as it’s a Spanish thing but I tend to eat dinner later than the usual American. This is all thanks to my mother who always prepared late meals (8-9 pm) so once I finally move to Spain, this really won’t be much of a culture shock.
6. I’m attracted to cities/towns that have tons of European immigrants. SF, Palo Alto, Chicago, etc…
7. One of my European friends said he never makes friends with Americans so I’m actually his only American friend. He told me he usually never gets along very well with Americans so I’ll take this as a major compliment!
I’m sure there’s other small points I can make but I find these pretty valuable in itself. I wonder what I should label myself as now…