I have to remark on a few things…I can’t help myself. There are some big cultural differences between Europe and America. They always amaze me, even though I spent ten years living in Europe! I wanted to share my little list of insights from my 2014 trip.
- Europe doesn’t do ICE water. I’m an ice water girl. Give me cold water with ice! Europe just doesn’t do ice.
- Asking for tap water with your meal is not common. And if you ask for water (it’s bottled water you pay for) you have to make sure you specify between STILL and SPARKLING or you’ll most likely get sparkling water.
- I drank more soda on this trip than I’ve probably drank in the past three years. (Nope I’m not a soda person). That said it was always Fanta I was drinking. REAL Fanta! *content sigh*
- Exit doors swing in and not out like in the US. As a former architect this still baffles me. It’s law (code) that exit doors must swing out (to allow traffic to flow out in case of an emergency). I can’t tell you how many time I walked into doors because I pushed expecting them to open but I had to pull!
- Go ahead and try to find a house with double hung windows in Europe! They don’t do double hung. Oh course they wouldn’t fit in with their architecture, so it makes sense, but these are little things I notice.
- They don’t have vanity license plates.
- If you order french fries you get the option of ketchup or mayonnaise. Just the thought of mayonnaise on french fries grosses me out, but they love it!
It’s fascinating to look at other cultures and see the differences and similarities.