Wednesday, June 3, 2009

How Sweden is different...

...from America:
(This is part of the preparations for AREA who will leave the fatherland in about three weeks to spend two months or so in the Swedish motherland across the pond this summer.)

  • All furniture made of light beechwood or pine.
  • You can camp, hunt, & pick berries on private property.
  • Everyone takes the rainiest month off in summer for vacation.
  • Popular pizza toppings include bananas and curry, or artichoke hearts and roast beef.
  • You've got to squeegee the whole bathroom floor after taking a shower.
  • Plastic grocery bags made to last more than five minutes.
  • Root beer is not popular. The natives think it tastes like toothpaste.
  • Licorice can be salty. You'll burn your mouth if you're not careful.
  • Doorknobs on toilets and toilet handles on doors.
  • Asking for "peanut butter and jelly" is like asking for "rock candy and frosting."
  • A person who speaks only one language is rarer in Sweden than a polyglot is in the USA.
These things are all true! I can confirm all of them, even the squeguee.
(complete list here, from a website preparing mormon missionaries for Sweden)

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