Stuff’s expensive there.
It’s quite difficult to find anything that costs less than a couple of dollars, and Indians by default tend to convert to rupees (as they have to sometimes) which makes it seem even more expensive. But a lot of things come in much larger quantities there, especially food.
Drinks are often unlimited. You just pay for a glass and you can refill it how many ever times you want. Indians generally have weak appetites, and you might find yourself struggling to finish a serving that may not even suffice for an American.
It’s a huge country, and there’s not very many people.
I, coming from a country and city where personal space and privacy are hard to come by, found it to be quite unnerving getting used to the lack of people. I see more people here at midnight than I did there in the middle of the day (except in tourist destinations like LA, Vegas, Manhattan, Disney World!).
I swear to you, I saw more cars than people in New York City. It’s strangely deserted outside Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Being a computer science student (and a bit of a geek) I was jumping up and down in my seat when I passed through Silicon Valley, Palo Alto. Saw HQs of a lot of big companies, but didn’t see even a single person out on the roads, which I found quite depressing.
I mean, they obviously were all there indoors and all but it made me want to not make a career for myself there anymore, which may sound silly to you but I personally just cannot live with such few people around. That’s why all the schools I’ve applied to are located in the metros. But hey, if you like peace and quiet, you’ll probably like the sound of all this!
Food stays fresh much longer
Depending on which part of the country you stay in and what the season is, food stays fresh for much longer.
In India you open a pack of wafers and they’re all soft in 24 hours. In the US I carried around an open bag of popcorn for close to a week and it stayed crunchy the whole time. You don’t have to bother with things like Tupperware, the original packaging works just as well. Of course, I haven’t lived there that long also, but it seems to be true!
Everything is cleaner.
The air is cleaner, the water is cleaner, the food is cleaner, the loos are cleaner and the roads are almost devoid of trash. As a result you fall sick less often.
You don’t have to live in this fear of being careful of what you eat and drink as much as you have to here, because the chances of getting an upset stomach are much lesser. This is good because health care costs a LOT in the US.