Something I have always loved about living in other countries is how it gives you a fresh, outsider view of your own country when you return. There are always good and bad sides to this. For example, I miss the convenience of everything in the US and how cheap everything is, especially electronics. For example, please observe the price tag on this new iPhone:
Right now, because the dollar has absolutely tanked, that equals $1,346.07. You’ll notice the display phone itself is reserved for someone. (Note: these are sold in cell phone stores, no Apple stores here).
But then, living here things are much more relaxed. OK, work doesn’t get done and apartments are generally crap. But then, the enforcement of laws are generally relaxed as well. Don’t get me wrong, this place is no Mexico, it’s a wealthy European city. But dogs run free beside their owners, people take their beer and wine for walks around town, nearly everyone has a pot plant growing on their terrace openly, and there is a guy who rides his bicycle around town every day completely nude. Yesterday, I saw him ride right in front of three police officers who did not even turn their heads. The down side of this is that when you make dinner plans for 9:30pm, you will frequently receive a text message at 10:00pm saying hey, see you at 10:30. If you receive a text at all.