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What one Swedish person thinks about America

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by senior smoke, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    Hello:
    My son is going to marry a Swedish citizen in the very near future. Around two months ago she hurt her neck and has experienced a lot of pain. Both my son and his future bride are visiting us here in Milwaukee and I got to sit down and speak to her.

    What I found out was interesting concerning their medical system. She was able to see a doctor but the doctor wants her to see a specialist. She will be waiting months before she can actually get to see him.

    She could not believe that here in America we can just call a doctors office and get in so quickly when you have a medical problem. My son told me you could die waiting to see a doctor in Sweden, as it takes months regardless of your medical problem.

    What she has said about our country was very positive. We all walked down to the neighborhood school yesterday and they had a map of the USA painted on the playground for the young children to learn where each state was located.

    She was amazed how large Texas was compared to other states. Wanted to know why it was so large when some states are so small in comparison? She only had good things to say about America.

    I asked her does she have any concerns about moving here eventually? She said in Stockholm we get a lot of America's television shows. She said we hear and see on television about so many shootings?

    She wants to someday meet a real American cowboy and purchase a cowboy hat and cowboy boots as she thinks that is so neat. I have a good friend that is from the South and when she heard him speak she asked why does he sound so different from the way my family speaks? She thought the way he talked was interesting?

    She loves the way our medical system works. If you have a problem, you can make an appointment and see a doctor in a short period of time. I did not mention that may be changing in the near future.

    I decided to share this info as I thought it was interesting how someone from Sweden perceives us Americans. After talking to her we are so lucky in so many ways.

    She told me almost everyone speaks English in Sweden. I was amazed that so many speak a few languages. I was impressed as she speaks Swedish, English, Spanish, Finnish, French and Italian. She is presently attempting to learn Chinese. She asked me how many languages I spoke as I laughed as I said a little Italian and German, a little with a capital L.

    Do you think our medical care will fall wayside like Sweden's?
    Steve Balistreri
    Wauwatosa Wisconsin
     
  2. Catpower

    Catpower Molon Labe TS Supporters

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    Probably will Steve

    I have relatives that still live in Sweden, western stuff must be a pretty good market over there as one of my "cousins" is an importer of western wear, and he does pretty good at it, he also lives in Stockholm, and also have relatives that farm in outlying areas
     
  3. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    Catpower:
    That's interesting as she said her mother's side of the family were farmers their too. I wonder why some people would want a medical system like that?
    Steve
     
  4. Catpower

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    I doubt that they did want it, but the giverment decided it was best for them just like ours has

    I think the whole country is pretty liberal, our family reunion was there this summer and that is the reason I didn't go, I would have probably said the wrong thing, and stirred up a mess I didn't want to be in the middle of
     
  5. Bisi

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    Well, get used to it. It (medical system) will be starting here in 4 months.

    I really do miss the country of my childhood and young adult life.
     
  6. GunDr

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    I'm thinking many Europeans believe the USA is a land of cowboys.

    A few years back, I traveled to Germany with a friend and his family. I stayed for two weeks with his sister-in-law and her family. During a few evenings we would go out "night-clubbing" and I would wear my best Wrangler shirt, Wrangler jeans, Resistol hat, Justin boots, and the only buckle I ever won from my short "career" as a bull-dogger.

    As I would enter the club, evey head would turn, and everyone would part to allow me to pass. At first I didn't realize it was happening. My friend's wife, who is from Germany, stated laughing and told me what was happening.

    She told me the American cowboy is viewed as thee American Icon. The cowboy is the giant with a big heart. He will kick the ass of anyone that crosses him, and yet cradle and nuture baby livestock. They're rugged and always handsome,smoke Malboros,and any girl will fall in love with him.

    Such was the case, I'll have to admit, I did take advantage of that. I stayed humbled everytime I was asked to dance, remove my hat at an introduction, remained a gentleman. But I also showed a steely glare at punks that thought they could push the envelope.

    If anyone has ever been in the clubs in Germany, probably all of Europe, the music seems to be all "techno", not much music for slow dancing. A couple of the smaller clubs did throw in some country music when the DJ noticed the attention. Trying to teach the two step is kind of crazy! The waltz..forget about it, but in all it was fun. I'm sure I left the impression that cowboys still rule supreme.