8 oktober 2013

Some things

Just some things that are different here compared to Sweden:

* MILK. The milk tastes like cream here. Why? What do we do with our milk in Sweden? Here it's like drinking low fat cream. Uuuuuuuh, not nice.

* SUPERMARKETS. The space to put your groceries on is super small. The cashier will also help you pack your bags (sometimes it's an extra person that does that for you tho). The space after the cashier is even smaller so while the bags are getting packed the next person behind you can't really do anything else than wait. (I mean, if the space was bigger AND I packed my bags myself, the next person could just go on as soon as I payed) The lines are LONG. Also if there is something that they can't see a price on or something else is wrong, another person has to come and help with that, the cashier is not allowed. Lines are getting LONGER.

* CROSSING PLACES. So you press that button to get the green light so you can cross the street. Yes it's getting green. For about 5 seconds. You have to run and even if you run you might not get to the other side in time. I don't know how old people are supposed to do it. I just look at the lights for the cars and cross when they still have red lights.

* ELECTRICITY. You buy it. Like, you have a code for you electricity box. Say that code, pay and get another code that you have to type in when you are back home. It's easy to forget and then you are in a DARK house and have to run somewhere to buy it.. One good thing with that is that you don't over use and get a terrible bill in the end of the month.

* DRINK and DRIVE. Not everyone, but a LOT of people drink and drive. Might not be pissed drunk, but they still drive after a bottle of wine or 5 beers. I know it's the same in south of europe. But still, VERY different from Sweden.

* PRICES OF ALCOHOL. Also different everywhere outside Sweden/Norway. But still. So a glass of whine is R20 (15 kr) here. It is at least R50 in Sweden. Or more. A Shot is like R10-30! Crazy. And dangerous. But I don't complain :)

* PEOPLE. Wherever you go people say "hi" and with a "hi" it's more a "how are you?". If you sit in a train you can talk to the person next to you if you want to, even if you don't know the person. It's not like you have to, but you CAN without getting a look that says "leave me alone". You meet people everywhere that actually can become your friends very soon. It doesn't take weeks or months to get to know people. People open up and share and wanna hang out again and again and again. Most of all you don't have to fit in to a special group of people. If the people isn't Hipsters, of course. HAHA! No, but seriously. I know that there are people like this in Sweden too, but I find it much harder to meet them. I find it much harder to be weird and crazy without getting judged in Sweden. Jantelagen (google it you english speaking people) are still a big thing in Sweden even if we don't wanna admit it. We are supposed to not stick out, to not be too much and also to not be too less. LAGOM (google that too). But I think its changing a lot since Sweden becomes more and more multi cultural. That's nice! I do have hope ;)

Well that's enough for this time. Next time I will bring up more positive sides. This may sound a little complaining. It's not. It's just facts. Facts that I've learned to live with and also love at the same time as it drives me crazy sometimes (especially the supermarkets. It takes like 20 minutes to go in and buy one packet of butter)

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