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Cultural Differences…

12 augusti 2008

45 signs for you to know you have been away from

Sweden too long, is when you:

 

 1.  …indicate driving distances in hours and minutes instead of using miles or kilometers…

2.  …no longer care about the finger wide openings between the doors while you are in a public bathroom…  

3.  …only take a second to throw out the no longer unusual sanitary paper over your seat…

4.  …have your pockets full with dollar bills in order to tip waitresses or hairdressers….

5.  …find it strenuous in case your bank and favorite restaurant would lack a drive-in option…

6.  …expect water fountains by the entrances of any public building…

7.  …react on cursing and nudity in the theatre movies, since on TV all of that has been edited…

8.  don’t expect anything but cubicle farms on any new job you may enter..

9.  …have established a habit of making a right-hand turn even when you have red light…

10.  …won’t get surprised to find carpeting in all homes, in stores, at banks and in offices…

11.   …forgot what it was like to take off your shoes as you enter somebody’s home…

12.  …Chocolate Chip Cookie has become your favorite cookie…

13.  …find it completely orderly to allow women first in and out of elevators and rooms and that men should hold the doors for them…

14.   …believe your check book is just as essential as your debit card.

15.  …find Europe far away and maybe also a little exotic after all…

16.  ...are no longer astonished if you accidentially run in to Paris Hilton, Jennifer Garner or other celebs while doing your routes…

17.  …avoid 7-Eleven at night time…

18.  …avoid even being outdoors at night time…

19.  …hear sirens on TV but assume they are from the outside…

20.  …hear gun shots and know they are from the outside…

21.  …unrestrained converse with people you don’t know…

22.  …can find your way to almost any movie site you’ve seen in the movies…

23.  …know at least one person that works in TV or movies…

24.  …know that the red and blue mugs are needed on the barbecues…

25.  …believe that barbecues is a must do on national holidays…

26.  …have no second thoughts on having pancakes and cupcakes for breakfast…

27.  …enjoy your weekend breakfast on a pancake house…

28.  …have turned in bicyckling to a weekend activity instead of a means of transport…

29.  …cannot live without a member card from Costco…

30.  …pronounce IKEA as “eye-key-ah” instead of  ”ee-qué-ah”…

31.  …have great skills in parking by squeezing in between two cars

32.  …keep water bottles, extra change of clothing, jogging shoes and your inlines in your car…

33.  .drink everything from plastic glasses, both at home and in dining places…

34.  …don’t bother eating with a knife; just using a fork is easier…

35.  …find it completely appropriate that you let the cashier do the packing of your groceries instead of yourself…

36.  …enjoy Hershey’s “Symphony” chocolate bar better than Marabou…

37.  …only cross the street at the crossing and never cross until allowed…

38.  …buy your breakfast or coffee on your way to work…

39.  …are accustomed to paying your rent with a check or a money order…

40.  …are well aware of the cost of teeth whitening…

41.  …are accustomed to filling out forms with the name of your ”race”…

42.  …possess a risk of forgetting to wash your hands in public restrooms unless it wasn’t typed out on a sign… (uhh.. no, I don’t think that would ever happen…)

43.  …would slip on the floor unless there wasn’t for this yellow warning sign:”Caution! Wet Floor!”

44.  …no longer react to dogs walking around in the grocery store…

45.  …are that much integrated that you cannot think of anything differing Sweden from USA!

46.  … Do you know one more…?

 

 

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