- They have blankets outside restaurants in the chairs. So if there’s even the remotest ability to sit outside, these Swedes will.
- They have an unhealthy obsession with ice cream. Which makes no sense considering how damn cold it gets.
- No one owns cats — lots of dogs. Which makes me wonder, why own an animal which must be taken outside to frolic when you spend long months inside hiding from the cold? Again, no idea. (I’ve been told it’s because people spend so much time indoors that they have no allergy resistance, and cats just set people off like crazy. Bummer!)
- The Tube (underground system) here is the best I’ve ever been on. It’s less crowded than in Japan (from the videos I’ve seen), faster and on-time (compared to Muni in San Francisco) and not 8 miles under ground, tiny, and stanky like in London. However, it’s SUPER expensive. $100 for a monthly pass, but the pass is literally good for one month from the time you buy it, which is decent at least.
- Coffee is a big deal here. Like, $1000 coffee machines in kitchens is very much not uncommon. Too bad I don’t drink coffee
- The keyboards are kicking. my. ass. Seriously, my main gripes are * / is Shift-7, which really sucks for web people. A lot. * @ is a special-alt-2 key, which keeps throwing me off * There are several extra ÃƒÂ¶ type keys on the keyboard, which makes all the punctuation shift around. I’m constantly retyping things because I hit a random key that wasn’t what I wanted.
More as I explore more.