Ten things I learned or loved about being abroad during the final days of the 2012 election season.
- I never knew how much the rest of the world was aware of american politics
- Describing the electoral college system in spanish is surprisingly hard
- Describing the two vote no initiatives (banning gay marriage and creating new voter ID regulations) in Minnesota is even harder.
- Spaniards are surprisingly indifferent about their own elections, especially since the president is elected by congress not the general population.
- Europeans really like Obama, they REALLLYY disliked the idea of Romney.
- Not having to deal with campus being rerouted due to election campaign speeches. (GO IOWA!)
- My spanish family thought that, not only legalizing recreational marijuana was a good idea, but that we should legalize all drugs. “People are going to kill themselves either way, at least if it was legal we could tax them.” ~my spanish padre
- People were surprised that gay marriage is not legal in the united states and that this is the first year that it was legalized through popular vote (shout out to <ain and Marriland)
- A 7 hour time difference meant that it was normal day time when Obama gave his acceptance speech.
- NO ELECTION COMMERCIALS!