We are getting ready for our trip to the U.S. in a few days (read about it here We’re coming to America) and it is amazing how different things are. I now understand why our guests from the U.S. always have many questions.
Here are some differences:
- getting health insurance for traveling. Here we have socialized medicine so the cost and restrictions in the U.S. for pre diagnosed problems is very shocking.
- for Italians traveling to the U.S., they need to apply and pay for a security travel authorization clearance through the U.S. government https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ which those coming to Italy from the U.S. do not have to do.
- children cannot enter places where alcohol is served. Since there will be wine tasting at the Expo, we cannot bring our daughter inside with us. She has grown up in the wine cellar playing between the barrels.
- International Drivering Permit. In Italy it is a month long process and costs around 100 Euro while in the U.S. it takes 5 minute and costs 15. In Italy it is only required to drive while in the U.S. it is required to rent the car as well.
- plug adaptors. Oh what a headache! We need U.S. plugs for our phones, computers, games for our daughter, etc. but instead of having just one type of plug like in the U.S., Italy has 3 different kinds!
- everything is so big! One of the hotels we are looking at in Manhatten had 950 rooms. We are country folk and are a little afraid of such a big hotel
If you have any helpful advise or know of something that is different and not on our list, please let us know (leave a comment) and I promise I will do the same for you when you come over to Italy.