Traveling around the world, we see how unique and curious everyday life is. Things that seem so mundane at home, foreigners sometimes have never seen or use in a completely different way. The world is beautiful in its diversity. However, it is better to know the features of life in different parts of the world, so as not to get into trouble during a vacation or moving. Forewarned is forearmed. And for the overall development is useful.
We found out what habitual customs, things and phenomena the inhabitants of other countries have filled with new meaning.
1. In Colombia, objects are pointed not with a finger, but with lips
In this country, no one will poke a finger, this is considered a rude gesture . If you really need to point out something, you will have to use your lips. They need to be folded “duck” and turned in the direction of what requires the attention of the interlocutor. And this should be a fleeting movement, literally for half a second.
2. In Georgia you will have to pay for the elevator
Here, in the literal sense of the word , the one who uses it pays for the elevator . Inside the cabin hangs a metal box that accepts 10 tetri ($ 1)
3. In Germany, have a barbecue on the balcony
For the Germans, this is a long tradition . Most often, residents use electric grills, but coal grill is not uncommon here. The features of barbecue in each apartment building are different, so it is better to coordinate your actions in advance with your neighbors. Even if the city charter allows you to roast meat on the loggia, the rules adopted by the residents of a particular house can be peculiar.
4. In France, tenants cannot be evicted in winter
If people who rent an apartment find themselves in a difficult life situation and have nothing to pay for housing, and it’s winter in the yard (more precisely, the period from October to April), then the landlord has no right to evict tenants. After all, they can freeze and die on the street. He cannot even turn off his electricity or gas. The fines for such actions reach € 30 thousand. So usually the owner decides: let them live, eviction will cost more.
5. In the Netherlands, many live in boats
Old barges parked on both sides of the canals are a peculiar feature of Holland. But who would have thought that someone lives there permanently . The boats look a bit cramped on the outside, but inside there is everything necessary for a normal lifestyle: a kitchen, a bedroom, a living room, a sewer and electricity.
At first, people were attracted by the relative cheapness and a certain freedom of movement: you can always change the address, remaining in the same house. Floating dwellings became more and more demanded, and free parking spaces on canals became less and less. Over time, the government introduced a rule: now every boat has a specific place. And if the owner of such a house wants to move, then he must make a request for another parking lot and officially register at the new address
6. In Israel, to rent an apartment, you need to pay a year in advance
When concluding a lease, the tenant must provide the landlord with checks in an amount equal to the monthly rent for the next 12 months . The deposit is also held by a separate check. Then, once a month, the owner cashes the check on the same day, and the payer is obliged to ensure the availability of the specified amount in his account. It is possible to terminate the contract ahead of schedule, but on average it is necessary to notify about this 60–90 days before the planned date of the apartment’s release.
7. In Switzerland, to get a dog, you need to get a bunch of certificates and permits
There are no restrictions or rules regarding cat ownership. The main thing is that the owner can provide proper care and show the animal to the veterinarian. It is more complicated with a dog: you need to register it, provide documents and certificates about yourself and your income. The owner is also required to pay an annual tax. For example, in Bern it is 115 francs (about $ 200 ).
8. In Sweden, sharing housing with parents after 25 years is considered abnormal.
The main goal of education in the country is the creation of an independent personality. And if an adult child lives with his parents, then something is wrong. More than half of Swedish households consist of one person, which is the highest rate in the European Union. In Sweden, it is believed that a comfortable age for starting an independent life is from 18 to 19 years. In other European countries, the average rate – 26 years.
Most often, the relations of the new generation with the family quickly become cool: close relatives live separately and visit each other only occasionally, or even completely cease to communicate. However, many young people admit that they often feel lonely and they have no one to discuss their emotions and feelings with.
9. There are no convenience stores in Germany
Sunday for Germans is a day of rest, so work stops almost everywhere, even in most stores. So, shopping or buying products for a week on this day will not work. It’s better to do it on Saturday, so you don’t have to wait for Monday. However, some essential goods can be bought at a gas station .
10. In Norway, in a studio apartment is not one room
One-room apartment in this country is an apartment with one isolated bedroom. That is, there is still a kitchen and a living room, however, they can be combined. In any case, Norwegians always have a separate place to sleep. It is difficult to imagine that the guests sat and chatted all evening in the room where the Norwegians usually sleep.
11. In Italy, it is customary to call and immediately drop the call, and only locals will understand what kind of secret sign
In order not to spend extra money on conversations, Italians have developed their own way of communication. They call someone and then drop the call. Anything can indicate this. If you are dating someone, then such a signal will indicate that you are on the way. If you agreed on a date, but you are late, then you can translate the call as “And where the hell are you!”
Lovers who are currently not nearby will thus report that they think about each other and are bored. If a guy calls his friend like that, it will mean “how are you?” The Italian’s life is filled with these signs: during the day the phone rings and immediately stops talking. No words have been written or spoken, and yet there is an exchange of information.
12. In India, in any incomprehensible situation bargain
The trade here is very different from the European one, when one appoints $ 10, the second raises to $ 20, and people agree somewhere in the middle. In India, it works like this: instead of setting the price yourself, you need to completely refuse the proposed price and list the shortcomings of the item you need until the seller begins to reduce it. You must not show that you are interested in a product. It is better to look at the counter over your shoulder, as if you are ready to leave. This helps to get fantastic discounts on any product.
13. In England, everyone totally saves water, so once they get a bath and the whole family takes turns washing
Water in the UK is very expensive and is saved by all available means. Residents collect water for washing in the sink, wash the dishes in the same way: they dilute the detergent in the sink and then either simply wipe the dishes with a towel without rinsing, or set them to dry directly, in the flakes of foam. And in high-speed showering only the Germans can compare with the British. But, despite these tricks, an amount equivalent to $ 500 dollars per year comes out.
14. In the Czech Republic, the quality of manicure is poor.
Here’s a different attitude to nail processing: this is an ordinary procedure. It takes an average of 40 minutes. During this time, the masters manage to do everything that their colleagues spend 1.5–2 hours in other countries. They remove the old coating, strengthen the nails with gel, apply the base and color varnish in 2 layers. In addition, this time is enough for the Czechs to rub cosmetic oil. Alas, speed affects quality: customers often get sloppy nails with burrs.
Have you encountered any strange habits or behaviors in other countries?