Do Fries Go With That Shake?

While Away the Hours

A McDonald’s restaurant, complete with McCafe, on the Old Town square in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Much of American culture is exported. Many Hollywood movies debut overseas just a couple of weeks after their première in the United States, if not sooner.  People in other countries are better acquainted with U.S. politics than the average American.  And, our music floods the Top Ten hit lists of most nations whether those nations have English as their official language or not.

A Burger King restaurant, complete with a wig-wearing mascot, in Nassau, The Bahamas. A Burger King restaurant, complete with a wig-wearing mascot, in Nassau, The Bahamas.

I’ll never forget the pre-arranged Bahamian driver who met my husband and me at our cruise ship in the late 90’s.  The driver was blasting a song by Tupac Shakur. I appreciated that Tupac wanted to know how we wanted and needed it, but we had not traveled by car, plane, and ship to hear him.  “Junkanoo, please,” we politely asked, preferring…

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