12 Strange And the Same Time Magnificent Facts About Life In Other Countries
Why do people travel? First and foremost, people are always in pursuit of experience and emotions. What is the meaning of life, if not to get the experience of other people? Everyday we challenge ourselves and striving to find our own way to escape from everyday reality. You may travel for different reasons: to get outside from your comfort zone, to explore new lands, to learn something from the people you meet on your way or maybe you just have your own bucket list and you’re crossing places and events off it. Everyone has their own reasons for travelling.
The biggest shock for a person who goes to another country for the first time is the realization that in most cases people are just like you. These people usually have lives just like our own, they do work to earn for their own living, they have families, everyday duties and also places to dine out. There’s nothing special here. You should always remember to have a guide book and travel articles with you, just for you to be sure not to miss anything. But what if these guidebooks are hiding something? Let’s take a look at 12 facts about way of living in other countries that are rather bizarre.
Even if you’ve never been to Kenya, chances are you know what it looks like. It’s savannah is nearly the same from movies, TV shows and books. It’s mandatory to visit this country.
But have you ever imagined what local buses in Kenya look like? Nearly all local busses are painted in all colours of the rainbow and even graffiti. You’re also welcome to listen to music as loud as it possible in their buses. Wish for a fast ride and a fan of Need for Speed series? Your driver will wade through traffic as fast as he could. Take some antiemetics, and increase the sedation through the ride!
Croatia is on the list of top coffee consuming countries in the world. Be ready to enjoy this drink 24/7, whether you like it or not. If you consider yourself a coffee-addict – you’re welcome.
It’s absolutely normal (just like in Finland) to buy yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy it for 2-3 hours sitting wherever you are. Don’t be afraid, no one will even tell you to leave the establishment, no matter how much time did you spend sitting with just one cup. Feel yourself comfortable.
You might have heard about interesting fact about women who serve in the Israely army. It’s absolutely normal, just like kids having their independence there. Don’t be shocked when you see a kid just reached his 6 birthday and walk around on his own, make purchases in the shop or take a bus ride to get to school. We will surprise you even more by telling you that sometimes these kids even look after their small brothers and sisters. What a gold.
Despite of the poverty, this is the country where you may find an absolute happiness. What will you do in case of blackout in the era of social networks? Some people may find it difficult not to use their phones or laptops, and even feel bad when it happens. But that’s not applicable to people in Nigeria, because electricity blackout is a usual thing there. People there don’t seem to mind about that, and if this happens, they just continue doing their business. Nigerians really enjoy their time when electricity is on by dancing, singing and jumping around.
India, sadly, is still one of the poorest countries in the world due to the huge amount of poor people there. One of the most fascinating facts about India is that you can have a clean shave and a haircut wherever you go. It’s normal practice there due to their genetics and you can have a smooth cut on every corner. Barbershops are absolutely everywhere with a $1 price for haircut or shave.
Have you ever dreamt about having slick bald look and always hesitated do this and you’re in India? Maybe the time has come?
Turkey has always been famous for its Turkish delight and kebabs for every taste. But what’s more interesting about that country, people there are a lot superstitious and believe in all kinds of supernatural things. Wherever you go, you will always find a tent with amulets protecting you from the evil eye. What’s more fun about these amulets, regardless of whether they work or not – they’re literally everywhere!
Sometimes finding a way in contraversial life lies through the religion. Being religious is good, so do think people in Greece. If you live there and have a chance to date a boy or a girl who doesn’t attend church… We can just say you’re having big troubles. If you don’t want to become a persona non-grata for your family then attending church is a must. A bit odd, but the things are like that.
People in the Netherlands are absolutely obsessed with riding a bicycle wherever you go. Can you just imagine that there’s about 22 million bicycles in the country, despite of the fact there’s ~17.5 million people who own them? Don’t be confused by the numbers. Sometimes a person owns 2 bicycles, and even more. A person can have mountain bike for mountains, speed bike for a fast ride and a usual bike to ride through city. Oooph…
France has always been a country of sensual cinema and affectionate people. It’s the country of love and passion.
It’s absolutely normal to always give a cheek kiss when you meet anyone. By anyone we mean ANYONE. A stranger whom you met a few minutes ago? Give him a kiss! Can you imagine what happens on a birthday party to nearly 20 people who see each other for the first time? Here’s the time for a kissing marathon!
Denmark is another country with its own funny and strange traditions. So, you tell me you’ve just recently turned 25 and you’re still a bachelor? Then prepare to get showered with cinnamon!
You come back to me 5 years after and tell me you’re still a bachelor? You won’t get away with it. Be ready to be sprinkled with black pepper!
Yes, we do agree that it may sound a bit weird from all angles, but we totally sure it’s absolutely fun!
When it comes to hospitality always have in mind Iran. There’s no other such country when it comes to be hospitable. If people from there will recognise you as a tourist, they will pay you a special attention. Don’t miss an opportunity to be invited to their home and have dinner alongside with friendly chat at home. Iranian people are very happy to have a guest from another country to share their food and experience with him.
Iceland is not only one of the most beautiful countries in the world, it’s also one of the countries with one of the most polite people living there in the world. People there are so much polite that wherever you go you will always hear ‘good morning’, ‘good evening’ and ‘have a good day’. The crime rate in Iceland is so low that Moms leaving their babies in carriages outside of the shops while doing purchases. Icelanders are absolutely obsessed with snow, so be ready to have a chat about any kind of snow. And be polite.