I'm back home in our beautiful Slovenia and that's always a good opportunity to reflect on differences experienced abroad. Since I've been to New York and Portland, where fresh and local food is on everybody's mind, I didn't really miss food. Neither I've missed our untempered nature, since Oregon is well known for his extensive forests and low population density (4 million people living in the area twelve times bigger than Slovenia). I definitely could mention that everything (buildings, opportunities, even cherries) is bigger in the States, but the difference that struck me the most was how good Americans are at selling and how thoroughly incapable we are at it. Let's take as the first example, the treatment one receives while shopping in the States and in Slovenia. The moment you step in a shop in the States, you start to feel like a hunted animal with seller carefully, but aggressively attacking you. And it is not just that they want to sell you things! No, they try to build a relationship with you, so they can get to know you better and, once they do, they cross-sell, up-sale, and make a recurring shopper out of you. I guess our shops should really change their incentive system, if they want to increase their sales.
Everybody has heard about the famous New York's skyline and in Portland a view of Mt. Hood is mentioned countless number of times. In comparison, Ljubljana's gorgeous skyline of mountains is hardly ever mentioned.
Ljubljana's mayor is ridiculed whenever he says that Ljubljana is the most beautiful city in the world. But he's one of the very few salesmen that we have and a true salesman understands that his job is to sell as good as possible what we have, not whine about what we do not have.