Over spring break I went to Ann Arbor, Michigan. One of the many differences of this area was the way people communicated. Everyone was super friendly compared to the tri-state area. A man offered to take my luggage down from above the plane. When I directly got off of the flight people were greeting me and you could see an atmosphere that was welcoming. When I was out for coffee one day with headphones in someone approached me. I found it to be weird that this notion of not caring if someone has headphones in isn’t an excuse to interrupt them.
The culture is so laid back- people say hello to one another on the streets even if they don’t necessarily know them. The hospitality was much more sincere than it is here. It made me uncomfortable at some points because I am not used to this type of behavior. Once I got onto my plane to board I could see the difference of communication. I saw a woman struggling a few rows back trying to lift up her bag and no one would help her- even myself didn’t offer to leave my window seat to help.
I was amazed to see such a huge difference only a few states away. It was cool to experience a different culture and atmosphere for a few days and learn about the interaction of people in a community.