When leaving for a new country, we are rarely interested in local traditions and ways. And in vain. After all, what is taken for granted in our culture may be outlandish in another. And vice versa. And the possession of such information makes life easier on the trip and prevents all sorts of funny things.
We at Happy Worthy Life know firsthand about how unpleasant a culture shock is, and therefore we want to draw your attention to 12 everyday things that look and use in other countries quite different from what we are used to. And as a bonus, we’ll talk about why German girls don’t wear boots.
1. In Japan, many streets have no names
Instead of street names , quarter and section numbers are used here . Therefore, in Japan you can often hear: “I work in the 6th quarter” or “I live in the 3rd section”. The only exceptions are main streets and highways.
At first, such a system may seem very inconvenient, but, armed with a map, anyone can find the right section in seconds, which can not be said about some streets in large western cities – as we know, this can sometimes cause great difficulties.
2. Taboo for curtains in Scandinavia
In Scandinavia and some countries of Central Europe (France), curtains are a very rare occurrence. It is not customary to curtain windows. And passers-by, if desired, can see in great detail what is happening in the nearby apartments.
But what about personal space, you ask. The fact is that in these countries there is a special concept of privacy: people respect the personal space of others and it would never occur to anyone to spy on you.
3. In Singapore, linen is dried on bamboo canes.
Singapore is famous for many unusual sights, but there is one thing that can not leave indifferent any tourist. This is how laundry is dried here . In Singapore, bamboo canes are used for this, not the usual ropes for us.
Today, more and more often you can see plastic sticks, but initially bamboo was used for these purposes. Agree, it looks very colorful.
4. Indian shower
In India, a traditional shower is rare. It can be seen only in the hotels and homes of wealthy Indians. A large part of the population washes as in the good old days: with the help of a bucket and mug . This is ingrained in the life of Indians that they often do not change their habit, even when they are in Western countries.
As for the bath, it is here under an unwritten ban, as it is considered unhygienic. The Indians believe that, plunging into stagnant water, we make it unclean, and therefore unsuitable for further use.
5. Turkey prepares chicken breast dessert
It turns out that not only cutlets and Caesar can be prepared from chicken breast, but also a real dessert. Proof of this is the Turkish tavuk-göksu pudding (tour: Tavuk Göğsü). The dish is prepared from chopped chicken, milk and rice with the addition of sugar and cinnamon. It is a visiting card of Turkey and a favorite delicacy of many gourmets.
6. In the Netherlands, the steepest stairs in the world
With stubborn stairs – Holland’s calling card. They are an integral part of the houses on the canals, which, due to the threat of flooding, were built very narrow and high, respectively, and the stairs inside were similar – tight and steep.
7. Lightening instead of hair removal – Brazil
While women all over the world are trying to get rid of any vegetation on their bodies, Brazilians, on the contrary, consider velvety fluff a sign of beauty. Instead of removing hair, they lighten it with a special composition that can be found in any local store. By the way, Brazilian girls often perform this procedure right on the beach, applying a lightening agent to the skin like a sunscreen.
8. In Cuba, there are no glasses in the windows of houses
Most Cuban homes have windows without glass. Firstly, it is very warm and the rooms are constantly ventilated. Therefore, the glass only interfere. And on the windows you can see only shutters or blinds.
Secondly, the majority of the island’s population lives in conditions of terrible poverty and, even if desired, cannot afford “classic” windows.
And thirdly, there is a very low crime rate in Cuba and there is simply no need for glasses.
9. Japanese ofuro baths
Another wonder from Japan is ofuro baths , which are traditionally made of wood. However, now more and more often you can find bathtubs made of plastic and stainless steel. Ofuro is in every Japanese apartment. Taking a bath is a whole ritual. A person plunges into the water on the shoulders and closes with a wooden lid, which helps to keep warm.
Traditionally, family members take turns ofuro taking without changing the water, so before you enjoy the bath, they must wash themselves in the shower.
10. In Colombia, slices of salted cheese are put in hot chocolate
Colombia has a special relationship with chocolate. It is customary to drink a drink of the gods with cheese and nothing else. Judging by the numerous reviews of tourists, this is not only original, but also incredibly tasty.
11. In France, milk is stored at room temperature
On our shelves you can find milk for every taste: from sterilized to ultra-pasteurized. But most French stores sell only the second option. For this reason, milk in France is not customary to be stored in the refrigerator, and many complain that it does not turn sour and tastes different from ordinary pasteurized milk.
12. Tabu on red ink – South Korea
In South Korea, spelling a person’s name in red ink traditionally means that he is no longer alive. Therefore, in this country you need to be extremely careful when choosing a pen for signing a greeting card.
Bonus: Germans do not wear boots
German girls do not wear boots. This is considered indecent here . If on the local streets you notice a girl in boots with an elongated boot, then one of two things: either this is a local “beauty” (yes, we are talking about the heroine Julia Roberts), or a foreigner who is not familiar with the local morals.
And what things surprised you in other countries? What would you add to the article?