Europe, as I saw it….


OK, ladies and gentlemen… I am back after a brief hiatus – I was vacationing in Europe! And glad to be back – I missed civilization! :p

Here’s what’s different about Europe…

They don’t understand the concept of Credit Cards

They do understand the concept of Coffee

They don’t understand the concept of Drive thru café’s/restaurants

They do understand the concept of eating at leisure and enjoying a cup of coffee with friends and family

They don’t understand the concept of small – Cathedrals, Museums, Government offices etc.

They do understand the concept of mini and micro mini when it comes to your food portions.

They don’t understand the concept of productivity and efficiency

They do understand the concept of speed – ever driven on the Autobahn(s)?

They don’t understand the concept of a quick or no lunch break (lunch breaks, who has time for lunch? This is Wallstreet – Gordon gecko – The wall street (If you haven’t seen this movie…you are missing a ton of references in your daily life!)

They do understand the concept of a 2 hour mandatory shut down (France) from 12:00 to 2:00 and sometimes this follows a siesta! Aah!

They don’t understand the concept of Globalization

They do understand that their language and their country is the greatest in the world! (Sadly!)

They don’t understand the concept of Customer Service

They do understand how to get as much money as possible from you or make you wait as long as possible in insanely long queues of 3 people!

They don’t understand the concept of tipping

They do understand the concept of bribes and bureaucracy

They don’t understand the concept of 4 lane inner city roads

They do understand the concept of small and efficient cars

They don’t understand the concept of individualism

They do understand the concept of ‘togetherness’

They don’t understand the concept of uber capitalism

They do understand the concept of crappy socialism

That my dear friends are a few observations I made while I was backpacking in Europe! It was my second time and I already am looking forward for my third time!! 🙂

-Mithun Dhar

Comments (4)

  1. MathiasR says:

    US, as I saw it…

    They don’t understand that every country in Europe is different. 😉

    You can change every of the "they do/they dont" depending on the country.

    Which parts of Europe did you visit?

    Mathias

  2. MithunDhar says:

    Don’t mistake me, I loved Europe…it only sucked when they wouldn’t accept credit cards! 🙂

    I was in, Amsterdam, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Berlin and Brussels! I wish I had a few more days to enjoy Salzburg…aah!! Just beautiful..so darn beautiful!

  3. MathiasR says:

    We usually pay with EC cards. Nearly the same as credit cards, but it usually requires a pin code (safer, with credit cards they usually only want to see your signature) and is usually cheaper than paying with credit cards.

    It’s always interesting for mee to see what other people think about my country. Nice list 🙂

    I’ll soon visit the US for the first time (TLG+ILL presenter at TechEd 🙂 ), maybe I’ll make my own list then :).

  4. MithunDhar says:

    That’s awesome!! Please do come…you know another interesting thing – They don’t call ATM’s – well, ATM’s there 🙂 they call them ‘Kash machine’ (with the cute accent!) and it took me a five minutes ‘Song and dance’ at this place called ‘Media Market’ to tell them I didn’t have money and wanted to withdraw some at the ATM! :)) hehehe..in retrospect – very funny! But, at the time…it was teeth pulling agony! lol! :)) I’ll bump into you at Tech Ed, probably! be sure to say alo’ 😉