As I said in my previous post, it's definitely not a contest—it's a fun, never-ending debate!
Europe vs. North America: I'm not the first to make the comparison, but here's my two cents on the best of here and there.
Europe wins at: Not interrupting your meal and letting you (heck, encouraging you) to sit at your table all night long after your food is cleared away / Real wages for servers / Affordable wine
North America wins at: Greasy diner food / Free water
Europe wins at: Roundabouts / Cutesy cars / Parking skills
North America wins at: Automatic cars (stick shift, I rue you) / Cheaper fuel
Europe wins at: Including taxes (VAT) in the sticker price
North American wins at: 24-hour grocery stores / Late night shopping / Sunday shopping
Europe wins at: A sense of daring (Erin Moore puts it nicely) and timelessness / Even in their chain stores (ahem, COS)
North America wins at: Accessibility
Europe wins at: Wine
North America wins at: Craft beer
Europe wins at: Everything / Especially cheese
North America wins at: Mexican food / Bagels
Europe wins at: Separate toilets and showers! / Colorful toilet paper
North America wins at: Ginormous, shiny kitchens
Europe wins at: Espresso
North America wins at: Cafes to work in with WiFi, electrical outlets, and big, comfy chairs
Europe wins at: Working on a case-by-case basis
North America wins at: Efficiency and fairness
It's your turn.
What does your country (or another you admire) get just 'right'?
Besides Germany and
soccer football ;)