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Monday, January 28, 2008

The Seattle Freeze: Proof from Ferry Photos vs. Riga, Latvia

Here are some interesting real life photos I took to illustrate my point about the social disconnectedness in America. While I was on a ferry ride between Seattle and Bremerton, I took these pictures of passengers inside the ferry. As you can see, it's an obvious example of how disconnected and isolated Americans are in most public places (at least in the Northwest) and how they prefer to be alone and not bothered. The strong isolation mentality is well displayed here. Though the scenery outside was nice, inside the atmosphere was gloomy and anti-social. So lively and festive isn't it? (sarcastic)

Now, contrast that with these photos I took during a ferry ride in Riga, Latvia (in Eastern Europe). Even though the ride was in the late afternoon, people still knew how to party and dance. Here you see a mini-disco lounge on board the ferry being enjoyed by the passengers even on this short routine ride! See what I mean?!

To learn more about how to escape social isolation, social disconnectedness, loneliness, datelessness and lovelessness in America, visit Happier Abroad.


  1. You're so right Wu. This is only one example of why the US is so divisive at pretty much all levels. No wonder we're politically insane! Insane Conservatives Suck!!

  2. This is not a liberal or conservative issue. It is a entitlement society among other things that have caused the USA to downspiral

  3. My perception in 20 years of dating and/or meeting with people coming from anglo-saxon culture but Americans in particular, is that many of them (most indeed or at least all those in the mainstream), seem to have received a subtle form of antisocial brainwashing. They all appear polite and nice on the surface while being unable to take the "risk" to step further into friendships. This shows even more with foreigners, EVEN WHEN THEY ARE IN YOUR COUNTRY. I have seen them in Italy, France, Germany, and now in Asia. An American shows wherever he is. They are loners with plenty fake friends who share a same outlook on life and a set of basic principles but, in my experience, they aren't able to really click in terms of real socialization, as it happens, to mention a few, in southern Europe with Spanish, Greeks, Italians or even with colder Germans, whom can be plenty fun and real friends. Americans are a breed of their own. And despite there isn't any scientifical proof of this exprience speaks more than a bunch of docs studying a phenomenon.


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