When I travel to a different country, I enjoy noticing the little things that reflect cultural differences. This Three Things Thursday post highlights three things I noticed on my recent trip to Europe.
1. Different Names On Familiar Products. One thing that always catches my attention is seeing familiar products with different names. I was particularly amused to see “American Ginger Ale” and “Indian Tonic Water” at a grocery store in Germany.
2. Different Health Concerns. Since I am interested in health and nutrition, I tend to notice when different issues get attention in different countries. I definitely noticed more smoking in Europe, and there even was a cigarette machine in my hotel lobby.
On the other hand, the same hotel had lots of nutrition information on their menus. Items with any of the following ingredients were plainly labeled.
(Hah! I didn’t notice that selfie reflection when I took the picture!)
3. Superstitions (or lack thereof). I thought hotels weren’t supposed to have a 13th floor–or is that just an American superstition?
At least the worst thing that happened to me here was leaving my toothpaste behind.
Have you ever stayed on the 13th floor?
Did you know that ginger ale is “American”?