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1. Posted by NewYorker2 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Hey, I'm 16 years old, born in Florence, Italy, moved to America at age 4. However, everybody in my family is American, born and raised but Italian ancestry. This was just a thing where my parents lived overseas for a year or so.

Since we left in 1995, we made our first visit last week. I couldn't believe it. That is my country, so beautiful, cultured, historic. I was amazed that this is where I was born. Then, we got home to America and I was like uggh, back to the typical American life--get up at 6AM, go to work, sit at a desk for 8 hours, sit in rush hour traffic, watch tv, then go to bed and repeat the same schedule tomorrow. I can't stand that culture, that American culture. It's just not me, it's not how I want to live.

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 27, 2007, at 6:15 PM by NewYorker2 ]

2. Posted by jl98584 (Travel Guru 114 posts) 8y

I think America is just like a lot of places, sometimes if you look around you can see both the good and the bad of it. When you travel, you rarely visit the offices and shopping malls some of the locals might use (in the cities at least). When you're home, you probably don't visit all the neat places the tourists visit when they come away with a completely different picture of your home.

Sometimes however, I start to feel the same way you do - like my home (closer to Seattle, WA) is just one giant strip mall! I'm doing a little robbing of my retirement kitty to get back to what this country is all about - it might not be for everybody, but I'm having a great time seeing all the things I forget about when keeping my nose to the grindstone. I'll go back to work seriously when I get home, in the meantime if you want to see some of what the rest of America is all about, feel free to follow along:

http://johnston.travellerspoint.com/

I'm not sure when we'll be in New York or what we'll see there - I may skip NYC completely (being in a small RV didn't work out too well in Boston). Hang in there though, there's beauty in unexpected places.

ps - if your 16, what are you doing working at a desk 8 hours a day already? Or do you mean at school?

3. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 8y

Hi,

Welcome to TP!!

Nice to have yo here!!

opospa

4. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 8y

Hi New Yorker and welcome to TP.

Unfortunately, I imagine that if you lived in Rome or Milan your daily schedule might look a bit like this - get up at 6AM, go to work, sit at a desk for 8 hours, sit in rush hour traffic, watch tv, then go to bed and repeat the same schedule tomorrow.

There's always vacation time though . . .

5. Posted by Travel12 (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Just because you live in America doesn't mean you have to live a "typical" American way of life. Get out there and do things! Explore! There are far better things to do than watch tv!

6. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 8y

Quoting travel12

There are far better things to do than watch tv!

You can be banned from this forum for saying that

7. Posted by NewYorker2 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Yeah, you guys are right. There is beauty in every country. But in my opinion, most of America's best natural beauty is on the west coast, and the LA culture destroys it for me for the west coast. Cars, sprawl, smog, materialism.

Never been to Seattle, so I can't say anything about it, but from what I've heard it's beautiful and totally different from the rest of the west. Would like a visit there.

Yes, I'm in school. But with football and everything my days are like 9-10 hours long.

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y

Quoting NewYorker2

Never been to Seattle, so I can't say anything about it, but from what I've heard it's beautiful and totally different from the rest of the west. Would like a visit there.

Actually, I would counter with the fact that L.A. is totally different from the rest of the west, and you are more likely to find people, geography and attitudes shared between Nor-Cal (San Fran et al.), Oregon and Washington State along the coast.

Anyway, there's some really interesting stuff to check out from NYC. I was in NJ for a long while last year, and a co-worker took me out hiking in NJ. I was amazed at how beautiful it was. Check out my Hiking Wild New Jersey blog entry for some ideas.

Cheers, and welcome to the forum.

Greg

9. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y

hi ,

Welcome to TP:)

Arif

10. Posted by walkitwils (Budding Member 52 posts) 8y

I know how you feel, rushing around, boucncing of schedules simply to pay the rent in a place that holds only a place to keep you warm so you can rush around, bounce of schedules and pay the rent and round and round. Italu is gorgeous but I found a lot of America gorgeous to, I guess it just depends where you are and what you make of it.