30 Random Things That 12 Days in Europe Taught Me

Venice, Italy  2014.
Venice, Italy 2014.

1. European lifts (or elevators) use 0 as the ground floor, anything above is a positive number, anything below is a negative number…makes more sense than G and B, really.

2. Coffee Shops in Amsterdam do not sell coffee…

3. In Germany, particularly Munich, when ordering a beer, 1 liter is a normal serving.

4. …Where you should also never order a Radler (a shandy), unless you want to be made fun of, especially you men, sorry.

5. The word pickpocket is the same in every language. Wallets in front pockets, hands on your purses!

6. Tequila is much better with cinnamon and an orange slice, as opposed to salt and a lime.

7. Always have your hotel address written down to show a taxi driver.

8. Sometimes…you must pay to use the public toilet.

9. Sometimes…there are Italian men outside the restroom taking money for you to use the toilet when it should actually be a free toilet experience…beware of these tricky people.

10. Austrian Schnapps are not like the Schnapps in the States…they’re stronger.

11. White Water Rafting is an amazing experience, even if there is a torrential downpour.

12. Think of yourself as a traveler, not a tourist.

13. If you need a masquerade mask, go to Venice.

14. Learn to say “Thank you,” “Please,” “Cheers” and other basic phrases in the local language…especially, “Do you speak English?”

15. There are lots of people who sell fake bags, glasses, and other products randomly on the street.

16. A coach is more than just a bus.

17. There are Australians…everywhere.

18. Bread, slices of assorted meats and cheeses…classic breakfast.

19. Italian rap karaoke is super entertaining.

20. The game “every time you see someone riding a bike, take a drink” in Amsterdam, is a death sentence.

21. Service stops in Europe are much more elaborate that the ones in the U.S.

22. You want leather? Florence is your answer.

23. On occasion, a seagull will attack and kill a pigeon in Rome…or maybe that was just a one time thing…

24. There are gypsies…there will always be gypsies.

25. Europeans listen to a wide variety of American music.

26. You will stay up late and you will get up early because you only have so much time in each place!

27. Validate your subway ticket to avoid falling up a down escalator.

28. Macaroons…Paris…delicious!

29. Don’t think too much, experience and embrace every taste, smell, sound, touch and sight!

30. 12 days is not enough time in Europe!

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