Sunday, April 08, 2007

Observations from America

We are in America for Pesach and therefore I would like to share some observations.

"Kosher" Circus
This could only happen in America. In Israel this would never get off the ground for a number of reasons including the fact that i was mixed seating (even though it was a very Charedi crowd)

General Affluence
People in America know how to spend money. The circus for example, the cheapest seats were $25, so a family of 6 (and there were a lot of them) paid at least $150 for seats and then had to pay for transportation (parking etc.). We went to other attractions and they are also very expensive especially for large families.

Before Pesach we went out to eat, the nice restaurants ($150 and up a meal) were all full and many of the people were not first time customers.

Shabbos/Yom Tov Atmosphere
We live in a religious neighborhood and therefore don't see cars etc.on Shabbos Yom Tov and basically life shuts down. My kids did not understand why everything around was going as usual (cars/ buses/ trucks) and it just did not feel the same.


Agala said...

Do you think that Israeli attractions are chipper? I am afraid that I have to say no.

In the States you are taking longer vacations, therefore it seems so expensive.

bluke said...

I think that spending $100 - $150 (or more) a day on Chol Hamoed trips is a bit much.

Ari Kinsberg said...

we make more $ in america and pay less taxes. gas is cheaper. cars are cheaper. fridges are cheaper. of course we pay for school and health insurance. but i guess in the end we are still left with more disposable income than you guys.