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Welcome to America

July 3, 2017


It wasn't long until my rose colored glasses came off.


I always thought that America was gorgeous, and vibrant,

But I quickly I realized that there's more to it than meets the eye.

I am not saying that my experience here has been bad. In fact, I love having experienced everything I have so far, because these are things that an Icelander like me would only see on the television.

While it is all of those things I just mentioned, I wasn't prepared for the darker side.

People are confronting, open and are not afraid to start a conversation with strangers.

They don't care as much about what people think as Icelanders do.

People express themselves, and that's something I've always admired about The States.

But Iceland is very conservative. You can almost say that there are no homeless, no economic classes, no evil and very low crime rates. You see, in Iceland i learned that people do bad things because of bad experiences in their lives, not because they were born evil. I don't believe in that, But since I came here, everyone I've met has told me the opposite. 

People close to me have dealt drugs in front of me, and stabbed each other in the back.

The other day the police came over because Best Buy had accused me of stealing video games from the store. This was my first encounter with racism, and I doubt it will be the last. Yes, this was racism, even if it sounds far fetched. I do not have the tools to bypass security alarms while carrying stolen video games, I cannot make items appear in my pockets without placing them there with my hands, and I certainly would not give them my address when I bought my headphones at their place IF I had planned on stealing anything. The police officer was of a darker color too, and has not come over since then, because me and him both know what this was. 

So far, this has been a crazy experience, and a very teaching one at that.

I'm just glad that i'm grown, and that this has very little negative effect on my personal growth.



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