When I first came to the States, it was very different from what I expected. For most of my life, everything I knew about the States has always come second hand. Whether it came from my parents, the Internet or media, it was filtered through someone or something. When I came here, I had an unfiltered view of the States, and I found a lot of things that I found were very different from what I expected.
That said, seeing someone else experience the same thing is very interesting. My mom and my brother both arrived here about a week ago, and since then, my brother has been experiencing a lot of new things. Even just seeing all the different people around here is new to him since he is used to seeing mostly Filipinos. On the first day here, he was shocked at how open people are here, often greeting each other and such. Another comment he made was that he doesn’t feel tall anymore. In the Philippines, my brother and I are considered tall. When I was in school, I was almost always within the top 5-7 tallest people in my section, and I’m sure the same goes for my brother. Here however, we are just average height. He doesn’t really like it, while I don’t really care. The weather seems to not really be a problem for him, even though I expected it to be. He almost always wears a sweater, but I think it’s more fashion than function for him. I’ve only heard him complain about the weather a couple times, and one of those times, he said it was kinda hot, haha.
My brother and I are very different. He is a lot more social compared to me. His second day here, him and my Grandma went out to different stores 2 to 3 different times and he liked it cause he got to go out and see what America had to offer. I would have been fine going out to one store then just lounge around the rest of the day at home. He gets kind of shocked when people here just randomly greet him, and he also commented on how employees at restaurants and such are a lot more sociable compared to the Philippines.
Whenever we’re out at a shop or something, we always speak in Filipino. It’s been a long time since I talked to someone in Filipino, so mine is kinda rusty, but it’s been fun having someone to talk to in Filipino again. Even though I have talked to my friends in voice chat since coming here, recently I’ve been hanging out with some new friends who speak English only, and rarely get on voice chat with my Philippine friends, so I haven’t had too much practice.
I feel like my brother likes the States a lot. I think his experience is similar to mine in that a lot of what he expected turned out to not be true and a lot of things he didn’t expect to be a thing.