Archive for the ‘Spain-v-USA’

Domestic Appliances in the US and Europe

April 12, 2011 By: erik Category: Complaining, Musings, Photos, Spain, Spain-v-USA, USA

Dishwasher ControlsMy blogrollmate, Simon, shared this article with me today, by a US citizen who has lived in Europe for a decade, about the superiority of American domestic appliances. I must say that, after having spent a decade myself living in four houses and a dormitory in Europe, I agree completely.

Allow me to address my experiences with a variety of appliances.


August 31, 2009 By: erik Category: Complaining, Musings, Spain, Spain-v-USA, USA

One difference between the US and Spain – and the rest of Europe, I think – is the practice of tipping in restaurants and bars. In the US, tipping is such a common custom that the waiters’ salaries are reduced, sometimes below minimum wage, under the assumption that the tips that they make will put them back over the minimum wage. In Spain, waiters are paid at least minimum wage, and there is no tipping whatsoever. None. If the check comes and it says 4.80€, you put down a 5€ bill and you wait for the change to come back. That’s the norm. I submit to you that the European system of non-tipping is inherently superior to the American system of tipping.

Elevators and Floor Numbering

March 16, 2007 By: erik Category: Geeky, Photos, Spain, Spain-v-USA, USA

It’s time for Round 2 in our comparison of how Spain and the US differ in small, trivial ways. Today’s topic: Elevators and floor numbering.

Spinal Discord

March 03, 2007 By: erik Category: House, Photos, Spain, Spain-v-USA, USA

This is the first in a series of blog entries about little differences that I notice between the US and Spain. For each difference, I’ll decide which country does it better, and award points.

The first topic: Book Spines. (more…)