A trio of American tourists sparked outrage after claiming “Europeans don’t believe in water,” but other American travelers voiced similar complaints.
TikTok user Brenna, who uses the handle @br3nnak3oughShe went viral after sharing a video of her and her friends drinking bottled water in an undisclosed European city.
“We at the moment we can find water because Europeans do not believe in water,” he wrote in the text on the screen.
The seven-second clip has been viewed 8.4 million times and has received more than 10,000 comments since it was posted on July 3.
TikTok user Brenna, who goes by the username @br3nnak3ough, went viral after sharing a video of herself and her friends drinking bottled water in an undisclosed European city.
“We at the moment we can find water because Europeans do not believe in water,” he wrote in the text on the screen. The video has been viewed more than 8.4 million times.
Many Europeans, expats and travelers were taken aback by the claim, noting that there are drinking fountains with tap water in most cities on the continent.
“I don’t get it, because there are literally free water holes everywhere… these girls,” one person replied.
‘Yes, Europe, the great country where none of us drink water,’ someone else wrote sarcastically.
‘As if we didn’t have like a [hundred] different mineral waters from real sources here in France hahaha,” added another.
‘You mean like flat water? asked a puzzled onlooker. ‘[Because] Water is basically all we drink around here, but usually sparkling.
However, other Americans agreed with his statement, saying they also got incredibly thirsty when in Europe.
‘[For real] in Italy I was DRINKING water whenever I could find some, even if it was sparkling,” one person recalled.
‘My God, yes, I was so thirsty the whole time!’ another intervened.
Many Europeans, expats and travelers were taken aback by the statement, noting that water is readily available at stores and public fountains, but other Americans agreed with her.
“It’s so true,” someone else insisted. ‘I miss my pitcher of courtesy water at restaurants. When the water is free, it is the smallest glass.
Americans complaining about their thirst in Europe have become a growing trend on TikTok over the last year.
a few weeks ago, @belladulce she posted a video of herself drinking from a water bottle, writing: “Every time I go back to the hotel room because Europeans don’t believe in normal water.”
In another recent clip, @paigelovesbeets he complained about the small ‘shot glass’ of water he was given at an Italian restaurant. “It’s too hot for these people not to believe in water,” he complained to her.
Meanwhile, @adnankole shared a video of her travel companion saying she was ‘dizzy’ from her thirst.
‘You weren’t paying when [you] They said they are stingy with water in Europe,” he added in the text on the screen.
Public drinking fountains and bottled water to buy are readily available in most cities in Europe, so why are Americans so thirsty when they visit?
The problem is likely due to how people in the US view water consumption as an integral part of their daily routines.
TikTok users @bellasweettt (left) and @paigelovesbeets (right) recently shared videos complaining that Europeans “don’t believe in water.”
Last summer, @adnankole shared a video of her fellow traveler saying she was ‘dizzy’ from her thirst in Europe.
Americans are taught to believe that they should drink at least eight glasses of water a day, a myth that originated from the US Food and Nutrition Board in 1945.
The report recommended drinking 2.5 liters a day, but the next sentence that ‘most of this amount is found in prepared foods’ was largely ignored.
Many Americans focus on increasing their water intake and carry large bottles of water with them all day, a practice that is not common among Europeans.
They are also used to receiving free ice water, either in a pitcher or individual glasses, as soon as they drink it at a restaurant.
Travel expert Rick Steves has a whole article on how to ‘drink like a european‘ on their website. He pointed out that the free water and ice cubes are ‘American customs’ that will make you look strange in Europe.
“Europeans, who are notorious water connoisseurs, generally pay to drink bottled water with their meals, for pleasure, not health,” he explained.
“In restaurants, your server just can’t understand why you wouldn’t want a good bottled water to wash down your good food.”
Steves added that while it is possible to get tap water on occasion, availability varies from country to country.