Post # 1
I am enaged to a wonderful American, and will be moving to the US (visa application sent – squee!). I am excited, but very apprehensive about the move. The media does a great job at showing me the negatives of the USA, but not the positives (Regardless of the spin of thw source). I know a lot of my American friends love their country, so I have been asking them their favourite things, so I have something to look forward to when I am feeling nervous!
I then found it so interesting and fun to hear their answers, that I started asking my friends from everywhere.
So… What do you LOVE aboout your country? Those from larger countries – how about your state/ province as well?
Post # 3
@farawayviolet: im an Aussie, i love that we have free health care, our government helps families which is helping Fiance make the hard choice to have kids sooner rather then later. I love that we have certain laws other countries dont which i believe makes this a better place to live!
i love our food, mmm lamingtons. i love our wildlife.
Post # 4
oh and of course i love the people 😉
Post # 5
I take great pride in my country and my state (Nebraska). I still get teary eyed at both the American Anthem and the Husker fight song. A dear friend, who is an immigrant, describes America as: The place where you are allowed to write the script of your life, and I find that rather fitting. For my state, well more my city, we describe it as the largest small town in the country. People are generally friendly, the area is safe, and you are never more than two degrees of separation from anyone. Unemployment is low, homes are reasonable, and the schools are good. The only bad thing about the area is the snow, but I am more of a warm weather person, lol.
Welcome to America!
Post # 6
I love Australia because of the laid back attitude, the warmth and education opportunities 🙂 i also like free healthcare too!
Post # 7
@Jacqui90: Hello fellow Brisbanite! I’m also loving the warmth… we just had my auntie here from England. She was walking around in shoestring tops saying “this is your winter? It’s insane! I love it!” lol
Post # 8
I love the immensity and variety of America’s natural beauty. From the ocean cliffs of Maine to the southwestern deserts, there are so many beautiful, amazing places that are federally protected and open to everyone.
I love the incredible diversity of people, made possible by immigrants like you!! I love that in my town, I can walk down the street and here people speaking twelve different languages in one day.
I love my state, Massachusetts, because of its political progressiveness. My gay friends can and do get married; when my husband was unemployed for a year during the recession, which was a very hard time for us, his health was not jeopardized because MA has universal health care.
Post # 9
I’m from England and as cliche as it sounds, I LOVE the Royal Family. I live near London and it still makes me feel good whenever I walk by the palace.
I am originally from the North West of England and I love how friendly everyone is there.
And chips and gravy. Mmmmm.
Post # 10
@shadesofviolet: lol, yeah i have a few relatives from the States as my dad was born there, so I know what you mean!
Post # 11
Welcome to the US!
I live in Michigan and LOVE it. Economically, we are doing poor, but Michigan is a great place to live regardless. There is always something to do, somewhere to travel, etc. We have GORGEOUS beaches, state parks, fun big cities, great shopping, sports, universities, wineries, etc. You can travel just a few hours from any part of the state and hit water. Not just little lakes, but beautiful expansive beaches with water that rivals the tropics 🙂
Post # 12
I’m from Canada and I’m pretty pumped about the health care system and the knowledge that no one’s carrying guns to the grocery store. I also like how most car accidents end with apologies rather than lawsuits. It’s nice up here.
It’s a highly developed country with excellent working conditions, an outstanding education system, a very high standard of living, and a health care system ranked one of the best in the world. Quality of life in Canada is extremely high. Canada provides a comfortable standard of living, good health care, social security, public education, low crime rates, a stable and growing economy, and a clean environment. Canada is a free and democratic society. People around the world consider Canada a generous, peaceful and compassionate nation. Canadians are viewed as honest, friendly and polite. Canada is a country that cares for its residents.
Oh, and you can marry the love of your life, even if they’re the same sex as you and it’s not a big deal. So, that’s nice, too.
Post # 13
I love that I can say, “I do not love my country,” and not go to jail.
I love that we have free soda refills.
I love that women are given some amount of freedom from oppression.
Post # 14
Well, Sweden is not a big country, but I was raised there all my life. I love our free schools, cheap healthcare, dental care and our freedom of speech. It goes both ways, but it creates the debate needed for a country to evolve and develop. We love our culture, fashion and design. Also, parents living here receive so much support, with paid leave for up to 2 years to bond with your baby. I was home for almost 1, years, and it was amazing to get that oportunity. It’s amazing and I love it, Sweden is so much about family life and education which are values that are very important to me.
Post # 15
Thanks everyone. I love reading these 🙂
Post # 16
@farawayviolet: Welcome in advance. 🙂 What part of the country will you be moving to?