6 years of living in various northern-European countries I came to the
realisation that nothing will surprise me anymore, I’ve been desensitised by
the years, and even though I have really enjoyed living in the north so far,
there are always a few details that will always get to me and I wish I had
known before the big jump.
For that reason I decided to put together a list with the five things I wish I
knew before I moved up north, so other people like you my dear readers don’t
find it shocking.
- During my time in Scotland I heard a
joke they tell rather often about the weather which actually applies really
well to this list. Most northern-European countries only have two seasons
instead of four. Those are, as the Scots very cleverly state, Summer and Rain, that’s all. So, forget
those wardrobe changes every season, here all you’ll need is plenty of
waterproof clothes and shoes.
- Following the weather theme, you may
have noticed I didn’t mention anything of umbrellas. Well that was no mistake,
I’ll tell you why. In these almost six years I’ve never seen so many broken
umbrellas lying around or broken so many of them myself. Why’s that you may
ask. Wind, my friend, wind. Tends to be rather windy and rains in every
direction which makes umbrellas rather useless. So, remember, the raincoat is your best friend.
- And my last but not least point about
weather and I promise I’ll go on to another something else. The weather is extremely unpredictable
and changes insanely fast (once I saw, hail, rain, sun, and snow within 5
minutes of each other!) that you’ll have to always carry that raincoat we
talked about before, and beware if you forget because chances are, you’ll get
soaked to the bone!
- As promised this fourth point has
nothing to do with weather, but with the fact that mornings tend to be rather
bright and the lovely northerners have no notion of window blinds. For that
reason I’d suggest you invest on a good sturdy eye mask and avoid walking
around your apartment naked.
- The last thing I found rather
shocking is how aggressive they become while riding a bike (in those countries
where they do, and they tend to do a lot up north despite the awful weather).
Pay attention not to walk on the bike trail (if there is one) or you’ll risk
being called all sort of not so nice names, and if they could a punch or two
along the way.
So that was
my top 5 list of things I wish I knew before I moved to north Europa. Is it the
same where you live? What is the most shocking daily life thing you encountered
while in another country? I’m curious to hear all about your experiences down
in the comments section.
Labels: five things i wish i knew before moving north, living abroad, living in northern Europe, travel