Trending badge Trending Travel · Posted 2 hours ago 11 "Subtle" Differences Between Europe And The US That Surprised Me, An American Who Visited For The First Time BRB, moving to Europe. by Liz Richardson BuzzFeed Staff Link Facebook Pinterest Twitter Mail Hey, I'm Liz! I'm an American living in the US and love traveling. While I've been around the country and outside the States, I've been dreaming of going to Europe for years.

So, when I finally carved out some time for a trip, I was stoked. But despite the stories — positive and negative — I've heard from friends and people online about their experiences abroad, I had no idea what to really expect. Liz Richardson / BuzzFeed Over two weeks, I spent time in a few different cities in Ireland, Italy, and France.

Despite only having a brief time in each location (three to four days), I noticed some subtle and larger cultural differences as a first-time visitor that I appreciated — and that I wish were more common in the US. So, let's talk about it! 1. The food.

Oh, where do I begin? Nearly every dish was delicious, and I'm no food expert, but I could tell there was also a difference in the quality. Europe is known for having fresh foods that are less processed than the US, and I noticed a clear change in how I felt after eating. Liz Richardson / BuzzFeed For example, I'm not 100% gluten-free, but for the most part, I try to avoid gluten-containing foods.

While traveling, I sampled everything from baguettes to pasta, and I.

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