Being from the Netherlands I couldn’t agree with you more [8D]
Swiss, Italian and Dutch cheeses are pretty much the best in the world(some my argue the French cheese should be in there)
We are generally referred to as "cheeseheads" (no, not potheads [:p] ) for a reason.
Unfortunately a lot of cheeses are not allowed to be brought into the US and CAN in your luggage due to health regulations. The ones you can buy at the airports aren’t the best ones around and ofcouse, pricy.
I also have to agree on the coffee. I’ve spent quite some time at your side of the big pond and the coffee tastes even a bit sour at time.
Moreover, it’s watery and lacks a certain ‘kick’ to it.
A bit of ground coffee, a lot of water. Very cheap to make.
It doens’t surprise me AT ALL that you guys have the free refill thing going on. You will rarely, if at all, encounter an establishment over here where you get refills on your coffee.
While ‘over here’ it’s a good solid amount of ground coffee and a nice amount of water. [:)]
But also more expensive. But hey, good food and drinks are OK to cost a bit more [}:)]