Every single place we enter, be they restaurants, bars, hotels, Victoria Secret or even the dry cleaners, we are greeted with these words accompanied by a huge smile. We will always answer the question, the smile and ask them the same question back.
And we love it every time.
It seems to be the American way of interacting that is often criticised for being superficial, fake or some other negative thought.
So Sunny and I wonder what is so wrong with total strangers asking you how you are doing wether they mean it or not?
What does it even matter if they mean it or not?
You answer the question or you don’t and both ways is fine with them.
To us this American way feels like a polite welcoming gesture to a place you are going to do your business in. Spending time or money where it is very clearly expressed that your time or money is appreciated feels great and surely a whole lot better than spending either of both where they actually express very little to no interest at all.
The American greeting style is one of the many things that we love during our road trip through the US.