The following are generalizations that I have observed during my time here. They should be debated and not be taken as fact. 

Things that people from the United States often take as common sense:

  • The title "american" is reserved for citizens of the United States. Peruvians, Cubans and Panamanians are not american.
  • Wifi is in basically every cafe.
  • Water is free at restaurants. 
  • Tap water is safe to drink.
  • K-8 public education tuition is free. 
  • There's no need to litter because there's a trash can at the next block.
  • Breathing in car exhaust fumes is not a daily problem because cars are fairly advanced.
  • And of course, american football is actually called "football."

Things that people from Bolivia often take as common sense:

  • That dog isn't lost from its home. It's a stray. 
  • Condoms aren't used much.
  • Somewhere on this street, someone is probably selling delicious fruit.
  • No one wears sunglasses.
  • Honking while driving is just a way of communication.
  • "Chino" and "Japonés" are synonymous.
  • Carbs will be in abundance for dinner.
  • Chile took Bolivia's coastline so, yes, there may be tension when a Chilean walks into the room. 


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Jarrod Zenjiro Suda | College of Letters and Science, Class of 2016 | University of California, at Berkeley | Major in Development Studies | Minor in Global Poverty and Practice |