Thursday, May 08, 2008

What I learned during another 2 weeks in Europe

  • Lufthansa kicks Cathay Pacific's ass.
  • Scandinavian countries still use their own currencies.
  • Scandinavians are generally good-looking. Their babies and children are especially adorable. =D
  • The Danes really know how to make the yummiest pastries. I'll never regard a danish the same way again.
  • The Little Mermaid is... little.
  • Denmark's biggest hero is a fairy tale writer.
  • Scandinavians speak excellent, almost accent-free, English.
  • Scandinavians like the sun. A lot.
  • Don't believe everything the weather forecasts tell you.
  • Good cheese is really, really good.
  • A McDonalds burger in Norway will set you back about P400. That doesn't include fries and a drink.
  • A Pinoy waiter working in Oslo earns about 3 times more than I do in a month.
  • Edvard Munch's painting The Scream is in the National Gallery of Norway. It's much more evocative than the Mona Lisa.
  • Vikings never wore helmets with horns. Surprise, surprise.
  • Yogurt can be addictive.
  • H&M is surprisingly hard to find in Stockholm.
  • Souvenir stores in Sweden don't sell Freddie Ljungberg jerseys. Boo.
  • Finland is not part of Scandinavia, and it has the 3rd highest crime rate in the world. Maybe there really is something to be said about monarchies.
  • Finns drink like beer is going out of style (someone told me 50% of their crimes are alcohol-related).
  • Washing carpets in lakes is a form of "celebration" in Helsinki. They have got to get a life. Or more kegs of beer.
  • Digicam batteries run out faster in cold weather.
  • Russia is white China. It's rigid like China, it's dusty like China, it even smells like China.
  • Russians don't smile. And a lot of them don't bathe either.
  • Swan Lake can give you LSS.
  • Somewhere in China is a very rich guy who owns a factory producing matryoshkas (Russian stacking dolls) and knockoff Faberge eggs.
  • Relative to Russians, the French are a very friendly lot.
  • Paris smells like a delightful combination of crepes, perfume and raw sewage.
  • "Louis Vuitton" is pronounced with a silent S and a silent N, "Lancel" is pronounced "lawn-CEL", and "Louvre" is pronounced with the R, in the throat.
  • French palaces are not as flashy as Russian palaces. And my mom was right, Versailles is overrated, but still worth waiting 2 and half hours in line for.
  • 15 people can fit under 4 umbrellas.
  • The Mona Lisa is disappointingly small, but the Louvre is mind-bogglingly (and feet-achingly) huge.
  • The Louvre pyramid is not ugly.
  • Charles De Gaulle is ugly (the airport, not the founder of the French Republic).
  • All Chinese restaurants in Europe serve oranges for dessert. Except for this one place in Russia that served us sliced bananas.
  • No matter what I do, I will always have a siopao face. Especially when I'm wearing turtlenecks.
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At Friday, May 09, 2008, Blogger Sean said...

Ah, yes... I forgot to warn you about the oranges. They were pretty good early on, but two weeks later I was the only one who was willing to eat them. (And it was only because I disliked taking Vitamin C supplements.)

At Friday, May 09, 2008, Blogger Ailee Through the Looking Glass said...

I've known about the oranges since our trip to Europe last year, but I thought the Chinese restaurants in Scandinavia and Russia might serve different desserts at least. I was wrong. :p


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