The more I inspect the differences in culture between Italy and the United States, the more I notice a great deal of overlap. During my first visit to Italy, I attended a beer fest and had the time of my life. It was the first time that I had gone to such an event, and just being old enough to drink legally, I began to understand the cultural divide and overlap.
Being from the Midwest, I attended the Cincy Beer Fest, which featured the best beers and hard ciders from the surrounding states. Expecting the same thing during the Italian beer fest, I found that not only were the drinks different, but so was the atmosphere. In the Midwest, people work hard and play hard, and while I found this same thing to be the case in Italy, I found that they were much more reserved.
The strange part
Was that no matter the cultural differences, people around the world are pretty much the same. They work hard, spend time with their families, and when it’s time to party, they do not hold back. Learning about my culture and the culture of my family was a truly eye-opening experience, and one that could not have been fully enjoyed without a little bit of social lubrication.
No matter where you are in the world, it is important to remember that we are all part of something larger, something that involves escape, and living to our best ability in the reality in which we exist.