There are a whole host of trite clichés that you are likely to find on travel/living abroad blogs. A particularly common utterance will be something about learning ‘life lessons’ while living in your new country.
Well, this happens to be a living abroad blog and so I thought I’d do a post about some of the important life lessons that I’ve learnt so far.
- In Sweden lots of people use snus (illegal in the EU apart from in Scandinavia); tobacco pouches which you put under your upper lip and which can give a strong nicotine rush
- Snus is disgusting
- Taking snus can make you throw up in your friend’s garden
- Swedish people enjoy sitting for extend periods of time in rooms in intense heat
- Swedes are very liberal when it comes to nudity in extremely warm rooms
- The Swedes like nudity in saunas
- The Swedes (and other nationalities apparently) are less keen on nudity outside of saunas
- Getting overly inebriated can cause all your clothes to somehow displace themselves from your body at large drunken parties
- Light pollution sucks
- Without light pollution you can look up at night and see thousands of stars instead of an ugly orange glow
- Swedish lakes can be extremely cold
- Running into a freezing cold lake feels a bit like when you charge into the glimmering snow-fortress of the of the Ice Queen and she doesn’t appreciate your unsolicited appearance and so she stabs you with a million ice-picks
- Not all countries have completely free healthcare like in the UK
- You should always check the expiry date of your European Health Insurance Card before moving abroad
- Weighing up saving money and going to the doctors is not a very nice decision
- Always properly sterilise and clean cuts and grazes
- Infected cuts are extremely painful. Fevers from infected cuts are not fun and make it very hard to sleep.
- If you’re lucky one of your friends may have some generic, broad-spectrum antibiotics that you can have (lesson 6.2: Self-prescribing drugs is probably a very dumb idea but this time I got lucky)