What would you bring back to your own country?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by mac-er, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. mac-er macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2003
    Have you ever visited another country, discovered something, and wanted to take it back home? It could be a product, a way of life, something cultural...

    What did you want to take home that couldn't fit in your suitcase?

    I just got back from Scotland.
    *We could use more roundabouts in the US. They are splendid. They can take some of our billboards in exchange.
    *Some Tefra packs would be great, too. I don't understand why OJ in the US lasts 3-4 weeks, and OJ in the UK could last until Apr 08.
    *Haggis was fantastic.
    *And, a Crunchy bar was heaven.
    *We could also use some more Scottish men. I could use some more sexy Scottish accents and men in kilts.
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    ^^You have Crunchy bars in America, no?

    Anyway, I'd bring fruit juices and drinks from Taiwan. 100% pure fruit juice for $0.40??? That is awesome. Their "bubble" is also quite good, and very very cheap. :)

    Um....may as well bring the hot girls back as well. ;) They definitely don't fit in a suitcase. I've tried.
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    What would you bring back to your own country?

    Our troops.
  4. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    I like this idea, thanks :)

    • Audi S3 (not sure which year's body style -- '04ish?) and other assorted smaller cars, especially diesel ones
    • vacation time
    • leisurely lunches
    • better public transit (to be fair, some American cities do all right)

    Hmm... I'm sure there are other things I'm forgetting...
  5. twistedlegato macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2006
    Ah man don't get this put in the political section:(:D

    Anyways. Falafal's from Israel.
  6. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    Spot on. Americans work too much. And then overspend what they make. We just need to chill out.

    And we need better public transportation so badly. I want to move somewhere where it's better, like CA ;)
  7. drewel macrumors member


    Jun 3, 2004
    Huo Guo from China (Hot Pot- very delicious).
  8. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Well, my own country has two meanings for me, so:

    more space for Japan

    good manners and useful public transportation for the U.S.A.
  9. jvencius macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2007
    You don't need to go to Scotland for that (except for the accents--I'm about as American as it gets and don't have any significant accent). Look for the fat guy with a beard in the red jacket at the front of the formation. I'm 1 row behind him and 1 person to his left--'dat be me. I'm a bit taller than everyone in that part of the formation and wearing sunglasses.

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  10. Macaddicttt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    From Italy: Piazzas and no open container laws; cheap but incredible wine; good espresso; relaxed lifestyle.

    (I'm sure there's more, I just can't think of them all.)
  11. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

    Kamera RAWr

    May 15, 2007
    I'm where I need to be
    I wouldn't expect anything less from you Abstract ;) :D
  12. iToaster macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    Hey! Who are you hatin' on?
    My favorite instrument ever! Yonder bagged pipes (say it in iambic pentameter, it sounds better)

    As for what I'd bring to America, the metric system and, uh, see below.

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  13. zephead macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2006
    in your pants
    I'd bring Europe's 3-4 years-ahead cell phone technology and their unlocked phones which haven't been touched by the mobile carriers. And while I'm at it, I might as well bring the law prohibiting carriers to lock phones. In exchange, they can have Verizon. :cool:
  14. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    McDonald's chicken wings fron Hong Kong.

    Beer in fast food restaurants from Italy (I believe it was), or bottled water rather than a fizzy drink at a McDonalds (which is an option I got while in France).

    Well I've been in the far reaches of the universe, and trying hard to make it happen.
  15. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    You don't have that option in Australia?
  16. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Actually, maybe we do, but it's not obvious. Honestly, I can't recall seeing bottled water like in France. In Paris, the giant menu clearly shows you an option for a 600 ml (fancy sports) bottle of Evian water rather than a Coke, Sprite, etc. If it's available in Australia, it's in a small "cake" refrigerator (a cube-like refrigerator with a glass window on 4 sides so that you can look into it). They use it for their yoghurt, Berri juices, and other things. Haven't really taken a look at it recently, as I don't normally go into McDonalds.
  17. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    I wouldn't mind bringing back some of the girls I saw in Stockholm...
  18. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    >The USD>SGD exchange rate-- oh yes!
    >Brit bands
    >French hotels
    >Madonna (I hate her for acting british, she belongs in Detroit)
    >Kickass English spelling
    >24-hour timeclock
    >Driving on left side of road
    >Singapore weather
    >Italian food
    >French food
    >Decent Mexican food (nowhere to be found north or east of Denver)
    >BMW's from bavaria
    >Angkor Wat from Cambodia
    >the cleanliness of Singapore
  19. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    I've yet to leave the US, so I can't contribute much, but would one of you guys from another country please come here and bring back Britney, Paris, Lindsay, et al? And while you're at it, take back some of our government leaders too :biggrin:
  20. MrSmith macrumors 68040


    Nov 27, 2003
    What I'd take back to England from Japan:

    good service
    motsu nabe
    tonkotsu ramen (the real deal)
    car prices
  21. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Me too. Oh how I miss tonkotsu ramen.
  22. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

    Jan 14, 2007
    I hate rotaries/roundabouts. Although more efficient they are so much more dangerous....

    Unless your are in ireland where they have stoplights in their rotaries. I don't get it- why not just make a round about. When I was in Ireland a "Lorry shed it's load" on a roundabout and caused a huge delay.

    What I would bring back to the US-
    - The Zillion year old history of Europe (its so cool)
    - In Ireland at restaurants they ask you what you want like 30 seconds after you sit down and bring it out very quickly, unlike the US where you sit down, wait 10 minutes, then order, and 1/2hr later you get your food.
    - Land Rover Defenders
    - Tesco :)
  23. Macaddicttt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    I was thinking quite the opposite. Let's bring back instead from Italy: ordering, at least 30 minutes later your first course comes, then at least another 30 minutes later your second comes, then maybe some coffee and dessert. If you sit down to eat at 8:30/9:00, you shouldn't be done by 10:30/11:00.

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