I don’t think they lied about America. There is no way that you could have been fully informed. It’s impossible. Some things you have to experience. Hearing about them is not the same even if you had been told.
I was in Lima, Peru for a few months. In 20 years, it only rained once. They have earthquake season. I never did understand the traffic rules. I ran into some of the things that you did here. I would never have fit in if I had stayed.
There are similar problems moving from one part of the U.S. to another, just not as many.
Thanks for sharing and good luck.