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As an American visiting Europe, you might be tempted to think, “They’re just like us, aren’t they?” Well, that’s true up to a point, but you might be surprised at how many differences there really are. And while some are subtle, others are quite stark. Here’s a rundown of the major culture shocks that await you when you on the other side of the Atlantic.

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20. You can order a beer and Big Mac

One place you don’t go if you want to drink beer is McDonald’s, right? It’s a family restaurant and liquor is a no-no. But when you’re in Europe, you can think again. McDonald’s restaurants in France, Greece, Spain and Portugal all serve beer, so you can relax with your burger and wash it down with a brewski. Now that’s a happy meal.

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19. Blink and you’ll miss your train…

In the U.S., Amtrak trains chug along at their own speed. Sure, you’ll get to your destination eventually, but not in a terrific hurry. But when it comes to railroad transport, the Europeans have much more of a sense of urgency. Indeed, trains regularly exceed speeds of 200 mph. In Italy, for example, you can span the 134 miles between Milan and Bologna in just 53 minutes.

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